Word began leaking out on Wednesday, but Roland Martin has now posted a YouTube video in which Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron comes to the defense of former San Fransciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the team this spring and remains unsigned. Aaron implied that he’s among those who think Kaepernick is being unfairly blackballed.
Aaron’s remarks were made last weekend in Atlanta. Here’s the video:
“I think he’s [Colin Kaepernick] getting a raw deal. If you look at all the quarterbacks right now, I think you’d have to say he’s 1,2,3,4. I don’t think anybody can do the things he could do. So you know, I just wish somebody would open up and give him a chance to do his thing…
“I’d love to see some other players stand up. I would love that. I think it would give him some incentive. I think it would help him.
“I think this decision is coming from the owners. I don’t think it’s coming from the general manager.”
In a separate broadcast, Martin quoted Aaron as saying he would not be watching NFL games this year, but the remark is not contained in above recording.
Jamie Dupree of WSB Radio fame notes that President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson intended to make internal reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs – a fresh reminder of one of the few areas of legislative success for Congress and the Trump Administration.
According to the Savannah Morning News, here’s what U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter had to say after a tour of the Chatham County jail: “I can tell you that this is real life, and we are doing a disservice to those who are mentally ill that we are throwing in our jails and that’s not where they need to be.”
The Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will bring U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat from Massachusetts, to Atlanta on Monday to mark the 54th anniversary of her father’s famed “I have a dream” speech. That’s also the same day a statue of MLK will be dedicated at the state Capitol.
The story has been out there before, but the Washington Post reports on why so many Civil War monuments in the South look like so many in the North: “It was…a remarkably successful bit of marketing sleight of hand in which New England monument companies sold the same statues to towns and citizens groups on both sides of the Civil War divide.”
On that same note, U.S. Sen. David Perdue thinks Confederate monuments should stay, in most cases, but with a little more added context. 11Alive caught the Republican’s remarks at a Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce meeting yesterday: “It can’t be offensive and we need to be sensitive to the emotions and concerns of everybody involved.”
U.S. Rep. David Scott endorsed Stacey Abrams for governor on Wednesday, making him the third of four House Democrats from Georgia to back the Atlanta legislator. What makes Scott different is that he’s probably the most conservative of the quartet — which means Abrams has swept the political spectrum. Scott called Abrams “undoubtedly the most qualified person in the race.” He joins Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson in backing her bid.
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, the Democrat from Lithonia, wants to postpone next month’s highly anticipated meeting between leaders of historically black colleges and members of the Trump administration. The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus earlier this month called for the summit to be canceled altogether.
The White House said earlier this week the event will go on as planned in mid-September. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. David Scott of Atlanta has no calls for cancellation. Rather, Scott has met with members of the Trump administration to advance a pair of bills that would boost federal funding for HBCUs and create incentives for the hiring of young black men on infrastructure projects.
“I am compelled to do all that I can to meet with the president to get his help to get these bills past,” Scott said in an emailed statement. “I’ve spent two years working and getting these bills this far.”
Sonny Perdue, the former Georgia governor and current U.S. secretary of agriculture, will be in Tifton on Friday for a pair of speaking events. He may or may not get some questions about one of his top would-be deputies. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has attacked the “extremist views” of Sam Clovis, Trump’s nominee to the department’s chief scientist, on race, climate change and gay marriage as “backwards.”
Perdue has said Clovis, who already works at the ag department, is a “trusted advisor and steady hand.” “He looks at every problem with a critical eye, relying on sound science and data, and will be the facilitator and integrator we need,” the former Georgia governor said last month after Clovis was nominated.