This space would normally be reserved for Packers news. With the start of the season two weeks away, anticipation would be palpable and Green Bay would be ramping up for an influx of fans making a pilgrimage to Lambeau Field.
As we all know, these are not ordinary times.
Today for Cheese Curds, we at APC are choosing to stand in solidarity with the Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Milwaukee Bucks, whose decision to sit out a playoff game jump-started this conversation.
Instead of the usual news and other information from the Packers and around the NFL, today we share some links on how to keep the conversations around racial injustice moving, including several actionable steps to take. We’ll also take a look at how the Packers spent their Thursday instead of heading out onto the practice field.
From our friends over at BrewHoop, the Bucks deserve tremendous credit for taking this unprecedented step. It was a move that truly resonated with a lot of fans and some of those fans are wondering what they can do in support of the statement the Bucks issued, which included some specific actions they hope to see. Check out the link above.
Are you feeling like racial injustice is taking a toll on your mental health yet you also want to be part of the solution? Here’s an excellent resource on how to be an ally and help everyone’s mental health at the same time.
Are you either the victim or a witness of racial injustice in your workplace? The Harvard Business Review gives you some tips to call out and fight back against racist behavior at work.
If you have kids and are wondering how to talk to them about racism and how to confront it, NPR discusses how to hold those conversations and why the discomfort in having them can be beneficial for the parent and the child.
No one can deny we’re at a historic crossroads right now. After sports clawed their way back after shutting down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a very different issue that’s putting things on pause now. Click here for a thoughtful discussion of why the “shut up and play” argument doesn’t hold water.
The team just didn’t go home when practice was canceled yesterday. They had what was described as an intense discussion on racial injustice and showed a screening of the documentary “13th,” which is available in its entirety on Youtube. Ideas were also brainstormed on what the organization can do to create “significant change” as the above post says. Multiple players including Christian Kirksey, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Lucas Patrick, and Adrian Amos took to social media after the meeting with powerful words.
I’m not here solely your entertainment.. I’m a Black Man. No I won’t shut up when it comes to my community and the problems we face as a whole.. if that bothers you . Then don’t watch me don’t follow me don’t support me.. if you are not here to help then leave. I will be ok— Adrian Amos (@_SmashAmos31) August 27, 2020
I stand now and say, I was ignorant and recognize I benefited from a broken system that was made for people that looked like myself. This is about humanity and nothing else! #BlackLivesMatter is all of our responsibilities to fight for equality as human beings!— Lucas Patrick (@lucaspatrick62) August 27, 2020
Black Lives Still Matter.— Marquez V-S (@MVS__11) August 27, 2020
Accountability and Standards....We need to hold police officers to higher standards. Not all police are bad BUT the good ones need speak up about it and hold your peers accountable to what they do! Police officers are NOT living up to the standards. Sad! Stop killing our people!— Christian Kirksey (@Kirko58) August 27, 2020