Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem, has left him blackballed from the NFL. Kaepernick’s sacrifice has led to a successful Nike campaign and an African American studies award from Harvard University.
While the quarterback will not likely play in the NFL again, he has become a celebrated activist. The state of Wisconsin, in turn, named Kaepernick in a Black History Month resolution. The GOP majority in the State Assembly then vetoed the inclusion of his name.
The majority leader, Jim Steineke, said the name was removed, “for obvious reasons.” Steinke did not give any further reasoning on the Republican’s decision.
Democrats reacted angrily to the decision. Representative, David Crawley, called it, “a textbook example of white privilege” and a “slap in the face.
Crawley continued, “Many of these people that you don’t agree with will still be in the history books that your children and grandchildren will be reading.”
Opinions on Kaepernick’s protest have long been a divider between conservatives and liberals. It looks like that argument will continue to rage on in the years to come.
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