GOP Lawmakers Veto Colin Kaepernick's Name From Black History Resolution

GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin have forced the removal of quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s name from a state resolution marking Black History Month—because they think the quarterback is too controversial. Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality against black Americans, was one of more than two dozen prominent figures proposed by black lawmakers in the Wisconsin State Assembly to be honored in the resolution. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna said Republicans wouldn’t support the resolution that included Kaepernick “for obvious reasons,” referring to his protests. The resolution was passed Tuesday with Kaepernick’s name removed. Democratic Rep. David Crowley of Milwaukee, who wrote the resolution, said the incident was “a textbook example of white privilege” and a “slap in the face,” adding from the Assembly floor: “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.”