Somehow the world of sports and entertainment have a tremendous impact on the political climate in the United States.
Colin Kaepernick has once again become the focus of attention, but this time in regards to how he is honored by Black legislature in Wisconsin for Black History Month.
White lawmakers do not want it to happen in the Badger State.
The state Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday drafted by the Legislature’s black caucus to honor prominent black Americans during February, but only after Republicans blocked it until black Democratic lawmakers agreed to remove the name of the controversial National Football League quarterback.
Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee, has drawn a firestorm of controversy after he began kneeling in 2016 during the national anthem to protest poor treatment of black Americans.
Supporters say Kaepernick is exercising his First Amendment right to protest what he sees as racial injustice. Critics say he is denigrating the American flag and American principles.
He is one of more than two dozen prominent black Americans proposed by the Legislature’s black lawmakers to be honored during February, including Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist James Causey, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and baseball giant Reggie Jackson.