Friday, July 3, 2020

Walker made it harder in WI to drop racist school images, nicknames

[Blog editor's note. My apologies for the ugly reproduction. Two complete rewrites could not correct an inexplicable coding problem.] 

As there may finally be some movement towards the DC NFL team erasing its racist name and images, it's important to remember that then-Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill more than six years ago that made it harder for communities and school districts to rid themselves of racist names and images.

On Race-Based Names, Walker Has No Conviction, Courage 
As I'd predicted here, below more than once, Gov. Walker told the AP today he will sign (sorry, the original link to a Fox 11 story is dead) a bill to make it easier for Wisconsin school districts to retain race-based names, mascots and logos that stereotype Native American people. 
Walker's signature rewards a right-wing GOP voting base where "compassionate conservative" is a slur, but fearing his signature would further validate his brag as "the original Tea Party in Wisconsin, “Walker cloaked his bill signing motives in a Tuesday Journal Sentinel interview with a mumbly-jumbly and preposterous civil libertarian charade.
Of course, the 'unintimidated' [sic] Walker signed the measure in private, said the AP:
The Republican measure requires a petition to trigger a state review of a nickname -- a departure from current law, which states a single complaint is enough to prompt an evaluation. It also wipes out all previous state orders for schools to drop race-based mascots. 
Walker, a Republican, signed the measure privately Thursday afternoon.

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