Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate refused to mention former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a resolution honoring Black History Month passed Wednesday, rejecting calls from Democrats who said ignoring the Milwaukee native put them on the wrong side of history.
Just as the Wisconsin Assembly did a day earlier, the Senate approved the resolution with no mention of Kaepernick. All Republicans voted in support, with all Democrats against.
Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Lena Taylor, who is black and from Milwaukee, argued that history will show Republicans as being on the “wrong side.”
“I want each and every one to answer whether or not they have the courage to tell Wisconsin why they believe a Wisconsin native does not deserve the right to stand up for the injustices that exist,” Taylor said.
Others named in the resolution as passed include Satchel Paige, the first African American pitcher to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Condoleezza Rice, the first black secretary of state.
Move to limit prep football contact
The executive committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association organization has approved a proposal to drastically reduce contact in football before and during the season.
The proposal reduces in-season full contact from 90 minutes per week to 15 and preseason full contact from unlimited to 6 hours total, including scrimmages. There will be no change in the existing ban on full contact in the spring and summer.
The amount of contact is less than mandates or recommendations by the NFL, NCAA, Ivy League, USA Football, Pop Warner or any other football jurisdiction, the NJSIAA said in a news release.
The limits won’t take effect until the executive committee has a second reading of the proposal in April and votes again. The vote Wednesday was unanimous.
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