U. Wisconsin-Madison accused of racism for honoring white basketball legend

Mar 8, 2020 by

OPINION: Called racists because the school’s best player has the wrong skin tone.

In April 2015, University of Wisconsin star forward Frank Kaminsky was named Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year. Kaminsky, who had just led the Badgers to two straight Final Four appearances, became the first Wisconsin player to ever receive the award.

In February of 2018, Kaminsky was given the ultimate honor by the school – his number 44 jersey was retired and placed in the rafters, never to be worn by another Badger. In receiving the award, Kaminsky became only the second Wisconsin player to be so honored.

But this week, a local columnist took exception to Kaminsky’s award. Henry Sanders, publisher and CEO of Madison365.com, a publication that aims to “foster dialog between members of diverse communities,” argued in an “open letter” that the school’s honoring of Kaminsky suffers from a significant drawback:

Kaminsky is the wrong color.

“The only two players who’ve been given that honor in the 100-plus years of Badger Men’s Basketball are white,” Sanders notes in the open letter.

Source: U. Wisconsin-Madison accused of racism for honoring white basketball legend | The College Fix

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