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Fresno Councilmember Bredefeld Apologizes For Comments About The NFL, Confederate Monuments

A Fresno City Councilmember is apologizing for remarks he made two weeks ago that some community members have interpreted as racially insensitive. Councilmember Garry Bredefeld found himself in hot water after wading into the controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Bredefeld delivered a speech from the dais last month supporting President Trump and blasting the protests from football players for what he considered to be disrespect of the flag and anthem. He went on to defend Confederate monuments and appeared to blame African-Americans for a host of social problems. The speech hit home emotionally for supporters of the protest, who say the players are only trying to highlight systemic injustice against people of color. Councilmember Oliver Baines led off the criticism today saying Bredefeld had gone too far. “You know, Garry, people of color want the very same thing white people do. We don’t want different things. We want the same things. So to insinuate that
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