I just sat through an hour of commentary on ESPN that tried to
create racist fervor about discuss the Michael Vick Dog Killing case and whether or not Michael Vick was “persecuted” rather than “prosecuted”.
I heard stellar arguments from reputable black reporters including
- Rodney King was beaten in broad daylight and the cops were exonerated - Michael Vick’s treatment is too harsh
- Michael Vick’s environment plays a big part in Michael Vick’s decision to breed, raise, torture and kill dogs
- Dog fighting was a misdemeanor in Virginia when Michael Vick was fighting dogs and then suddenly, 8 days later it turned into a felony once the dog fighting operation was discovered
These are arguments of, as I said earlier, journalist. These are not crazy things I heard at the water cooler. Educated people said these things. Educated people employed by corporations as pundits and reporters said these things.
My biggest complaint? Somehow these pundits think they are speaking for black people in America. It is impossible to sum the collective voices of an entire proud, diverse, self-thinking people like African Americans.
The pretentious debate they are trying to create will do nothing for the continuing struggle of black Americans who know Michael Vick is not Rodney King and he is not O.J. Simpson.
Michael Vick has admitted guilt to the crimes for which he was charged. Michael Vick was turned upon by some of what were, or at least who Mike thought were,his closest friends.
Are they racist? No, of course not. But you pundits who are trying to inject race into this case are.