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By attacking the woke, Rodgers proved he’s not as committed to racial justice as we thought

The NFL fined the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers and one other player for violating the league’s COVID protocols. But in truth, Rodgers violated more than that.

 

When Rodgers attacked the so-called “woke mob” after Rodgers lied about his vaccination status, he violated those he claimed to support.

 

Why? Because last summer, Rodgers was trying to act like he was woke. He spoke in support of racial justice protests. He posted an Instagram photo of himself locking arms with Black teammates. He used the hashtag #WakeUpAmerica. That sure sounds woke to me. But when Rodgers tested positive for COVID and was outed as unvaccinated after telling reporters he was “immunized,” he went from racial justice supporter to rampaging white dude. Along the way, he demeaned the same people he tried to be down with.

 

“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now,” Rodgers said while speaking on the Pat McAfee Show. “So, before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I’d like to set the record straight.”

Rodgers said he did not lie about being vaccinated. He just didn’t get the follow-up question he was waiting for. Well, my grandmother woulda called that lying, and as the old folks say, if you’ll lie you’ll steal.

And make no mistake, Rodgers stole. He stole the language of racial justice to try to paint himself as a victim, and misquoted Dr. King along the way.

Click here to read the entire column on Inquirer.com
Photo: Aaron and Mike By. Brooke Ward

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