If the Republican majority in Madison had just accepted the Black History Month resolution put forward by the Legislative Black Caucus…and simply approved it in a voice vote…there would have been no story. It would essentially have gone unnoticed outside of the state.
But once again the majority leadership had to make a ‘thing’ out of the inclusion of former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s as a black leader being recognized…and Wisconsin once again made the national news as a backwater.
The upside here is we’ve actually had something of a conversation about race in Wisconsin…not one that’s accomplished anything…but one that has opened more than a few eyes. So let’s build on this…can we push for more discussion on race in the state? Can we start a long term dialogue that will finally help accomplish the things that actually need doing in the state? Can we find ways to include everyone…urban/rural, black/white. conservative/liberal, and faith/non-faith and fix the things that Wisconsin needs to fix?