MADISON – Republicans in the state Senate rejected a move Wednesday by black lawmakers to recognize Colin Kaepernick as part of Black Historical past Month — prompting Democrats to oppose a ceremonial resolution that often positive aspects broad bipartisan help.
The turn of occasions meant that each of the state’s black senators, Lena Taylor and LaTonya Johnson, voted towards a measure meant to rejoice Black Historical past Month.
The pair expressed frustration that white legislators excised the Nationwide Football League quarterback’s identify from the lengthy record of these worthy of reward.
“This yr all the sudden for the primary time we’ve been informed that we’ve got to have permission to find out who we need to honor for Black Historical past Month,” Taylor stated on the Senate flooring. “I’ve not seen it once we’ve honored another group, some other thing.”
She stated white Republicans have maintained “they’re greatest suited to determine for African-People what we should always worth, who we should always honor.”
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The Senate vote came a day after an analogous struggle flared within the Assembly amid GOP opposition to honoring someone who has drawn attention for kneeling in the course of the national anthem to protest the remedy of black individuals.
GOP senators did not explain their views on the floor of the Senate as Democrats criticized them for four hours for preserving black lawmakers from lauding Kaepernick.
Supporters say Kaepernick is exercising his First Amendment right to protest what he views as racial injustice. Critics say he is denigrating the American flag and American rules.
The plan to honor Kaepernick gained preliminary help from two Senate Republicans — Alberta Darling of River Hills and Dale Kooyenga of Brookfield — but the pair went along with protecting Kaepernick’s identify off the resolution after their colleagues raised objections.
Kooyenga stated he didn’t consider he had reversed his stance on the resolution.
“It’s a procedural vote,” he stated of his vote to keep Kaepernick’s identify off the record of these to be honored.
Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Middleton referred to as the partisan cut up on the difficulty “one of the uglier” votes senators have taken.
“There’s such a factor as white privilege and we’re taking a look at it right now. We’re staring it in the face,” he stated.
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It’s the second yr in a row the decision recognizing Black History Month has sparked controversy.
In 2018, Republican Rep. Scott Allen of Waukesha stated he and different Republican lawmakers objected to the black caucus’ decision that yr because it didn’t embrace black Wisconsinites he believed ought to be honored, together with U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., who has been criticized for demeaning black residents of the state.
That yr, the Meeting handed two separate resolutions…