Great Moments in The Wisconsin State Legislature


I will share my favorite memory of Reggie White.

In March 1998, Reggie White, an ordained Minister and all-pro defensive end for the Green Bay Packers stepped up to the podium, looked out at the members of the Wisconsin state legislature and unleashed one of the most memorable speeches ever made by a sports star. It was an unforgettable racist and homophobic diatribe. When he trotted out onto the practice field at the Carolina Panthers training facility a few weeks ago he may have changed the color of his uniform, but he wasn’t backtracking from any of the bigoted remarks he’s made during the past few years.

White told the legislators that homosexuality was one of the biggest sins in the Bible. He stereotyped several ethnic groups saying:

“When you look at the black race, black people are very gifted in what we call worship and celebration. A lot of us like to dance, and if you go to black churches, you see people jumping up and down, because they really get into it. White people were blessed with the gift of structure and organization. You guys do a good job of building businesses and things of that nature and you know how to tap into money pretty much better than a lot of people do around the world. Hispanics are gifted in family structure. You can see a Hispanic person and they can put 20 or 30 people in one home. They were gifted in the family structure. When you look at the Asians, the Asian is very gifted in creation, creativity and inventions. If you go to Japan or any Asian country, they can turn a television into a watch. They’re very creative. And you look at the Indians, they have been very gifted in the spirituality.”