Legislator: Racially charged meme posted in humor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A white Wisconsin legislator who posted a racially charged meme on his Facebook page says he meant nothing racist by it.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the meme was posted to Republican state Rep. Ed Brooks’ page in November 2016. It shows black men leaping atop a smashed police car. The meme reads “Want to stop riots? Play the national anthem. They’ll all sit down.”

The wording alludes to NFL players, many of them black, who have protested police shootings by kneeling during the national anthem before games.

Brooks told The Associated Press that the meme “was posted in humor” and he’d “hate to see somebody take it out of context.” Brooks says he simply meant that people who riot probably wouldn’t stand for the anthem.

Brooks, of Reedsburg, was first elected to the Assembly in 2008. He didn’t run for re-election this fall.

Associated Press

Associated Press

News from the Associated Press

Top Stories

Foggy start Saturday with a sunny, warm afternoon

Foggy start Saturday with a sunny, warm afternoon

A dense fog advisory is in effect for Green, Rock, Walworth, and Jefferson counties until 9 AM Saturday morning.

Connect With 27 News
More News

Smoke, Ashwaubenon’s irritable turkey, removed from town

Smoke, an often irritable turkey known as "The Mayor of Ashwaubenon" has been banished from town.

Watch: Janesville police looking for suspect in theft of generator

The Janesville Police Department today released a photo of a man they are seeking in connection with the theft of

UPDATE: Highway 14 north of Evansville reopens following earlier crash

U.S. Highway 14 is closed in both directions north of Evansville at Butts Road following a crash.

Police searching for three men who robbed Madison cab driver at gunpoint

Madison police are searching for three men in their 20s who robbed a cab driver early Friday at gunpoint.

Colorado killer Watts serving sentence in Wisconsin

A Colorado man sentenced to life behind bars for killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters has been moved

Scroll to top
Skip to content