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Friday Cheese Curds: Packers join the chorus calling for end of systemic racism

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The team released a two-minute video yesterday featuring players and head coach Matt LaFleur calling for change

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“Enough is enough.”

With those words, the Green Bay Packers added their collective voices of the chorus calling for the end of racial inequality and police brutality in the United States.

The team released a video via its social media accounts featuring various players, coaches and staff calling for change and ending systemic racism and also challenging everyone to get involved and do their part to not only speak out but also to educate our youth and repeal laws unfair to those of color.

The Packers also did more than talk, they also acted in donating $500,000 to social justice causes. $250,000 will be donated by the team in conjunction with their players and team president Mark Murphy announced he and his wife will personally match the team’s $250,000 donation.

It was a welcome sight for some fans that were becoming concerned over the team’s silence regarding murder of George Floyd outside of a #blackouttuesday post earlier this week.

There’s clearly more work to be done in regards to the NFL itself (more on that below) but yesterday we should all be proud to be Packers fans.

Now on to today’s curds.

Packers post video calling for social and policy reform, pledge large donations—PackersNews.com

It might be a case of “better late than never” to some, but the message the Packers put out yesterday will hopefully resonate with fans and propel them to action and out of indifference.

What ex-Packer Santana Dotson wants people to know about George Floyd—ESPN

Former Packer Santana Dodson went to the same high school as George Floyd and though he didn’t know the man police murdered well, Dotson wanted to make sure people know who Floyd was and what he meant to the community.

Players send message to league in coordinated video post—NFL.com

Some players, including Davante Adams, wanted to make it crystal clear the NFL that the league isn’t doing enough to address or even condemn racial injustice in our society and ignoring the voices of the black players in the league. The league has the resources to clearly be a large advocate but perhaps Roger Goodell lacks the courage to do what is right.

Bill Lueck, Part II: 1972 Packers won in spite of their coach—Packers.com

Spoiler: Bill Lueck was no fan of Dan Devine.

Kenyan boy, 9, receives award for hand-washing machine invention—UPI

Sometimes the biggest ideas come from some of our youngest people. In the age of COVID-19, this young genius may have saved many lives.