|Heroes for a different country.|
Michael Vick is a name that needs no introduction here. In a sane society an individual that mistreats animals with the cruelty of Mr. Vick would have been politely shunned or sent with a one-way ticket to a psychiatric ward. Abusing defenseless animals is a sign of an individual harboring psychological issues that require the attention of trained professional, and keeping these type of people out of the limelight would be axiomatic in a healthy nation.
We do not live in such nation (quick thought experiment: when you look at many white criminals that appear in the news, it is quite obvious that they possess an IQ well below the average of white America - 100 - and perhaps have some sort of mental retardation, but when you see a Black criminal it is impossible to utilize a similar thought experiment. Black people in America have an average IQ of 85, but almost all Black people - including criminals - look alike).
Michael Vick is loved by Black people the nation over. He is another individual who deserves the "Mein" title, just as Barack Obama is still beloved by Black people and any criticism of him will always be considered "racist" by his devoted followers.
Vick might be on another level though. Criticism of Vick is not allowed and if it transpires will always have the odoriferous stench of "racism":
Get ready to count your losses, Eagles fans, because your team has no shot this year without your black Negro, dog-killin’, prison-serving quarterback.You can't criticize Black people in Black Run America (BRA) and Michael Vick is one of the most highly regarded Blacks in this nation right now:
Yeah, you’re reading it right.
The Vick description occurs because despite time served for whatever crime he committed in a dogfighting scandal, despite community service, and despite a thousand repentances, he never will receive forgiveness by PETA-peddlers (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) nor the millions of Americans who place poodles before humans, especially black homo sapiens.
America, land of the free and home to Native American genocide, slavery, gender persecution, segregation, and a litany of other indiscretions that affected millions, appears hell-bent on repeatedly lynching Vick, retelling his dogfighting connection until he screams Uncle Tom.
All this talk about America turning some invisible corner because 53 percent of Americans elected our first black president is just that — talk.
Race still matters, will always serve as the No. 1 issue in America, because we can’t live without that single controversy that erupts torrents of anger and hate.
These flashbacks to Vick are not at all about developing a quality quarterback because Philadelphia suffered through a similar controversy when Randall met Ronny and Coach Buddy Ryan inserted his lanky future star on third down and never.
As a white man with a column and radio show, I have been vilified for taking strong stances against a disgusting human being -- Michael Vick.
Because he happens to be an African-American -- a fact that is inconsequential to me. If the ex-Falcons quarterback was a fellow Irish-American, none of my beliefs would change one iota.
I don't hate Michael Vick because he's black and I certainly don't think I am better than him because I'm white. I pity him because he hanged and drowned dogs, and I think I am better human being than him because I have the moral compass to understand that's wrong.
And while logic often flies in the face of ignorance, too often the ignorant rule.
Take Stephon Marbury and Roy Jones, who felt the need to defend the indefensible.
"I think it's tough that we build Michael Vick up and then we break him down," Marbury said after the Vick story broke. "I think he's one of the superb athletes, and he's a good human being. I just think that he fell into a bad situation."
Jones went even further...
"People tend to talk so hard against people. They make it such a bad thing, like dog fighting is worse than killing someone," Jones said in Newsday.
Mein Obama, hoping to show Black people that he still cares about them, recently praised the Philadelphia Eagles owner for giving Vick a second chance after his prison stint:
"I'm not a dog fighter. I've never been to a dog fight. But just because they have the animals doesn't mean they are fighting the animals. Michael Vick doesn't have that kind of time to train and raise dogs... I like bulldogs and I like their mentality."
"They are making this so bad, but really two dogs fighting can happen in anyone's backyard or on the street. It happened in my backyard, two of my dogs fought and one died.
NBC's Peter King reports that Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie earlier this week to congratulate him for giving Vick a second chance after his release from prison. According to King, the president said that released prisoners rarely receive a level playing field and that Vick's story could begin to change that.
Forget your political allegiances or feelings about Michael Vick and take a step back to think about this. The sitting president of the United States went out of his way to publicly praise a man who, 3 1/2 years ago, many thought would never play again in the NFL. Even the most ardent believers in Vick couldn't have fathomed a turn-around like this.Black people take notice here: with more than 2 million Americans behind bars, Black people comprise nearly 1/2 of those currently serving time. Since 1 in 10 Black people serve behind bars, this means a substantial number of Black people will serve jail time in their lives (the number is roughly 30 percent). It should be noted these numbers closely correlate wherever Black people can be found in a predominately white nation.
We are reaching a point where nearly a third or more Black males will be convicted felons and make it quite difficult for employers to find suitable vocations or positions for them (considering only 50 percent of Black males finish high school) to hold down as barber shops can only employ so many and the military can't keep lowering standards.
With a 72 percent out-of-wedlock birthrate, the rate of criminality will only rise.
Not all Black people can be athletes, so the question must be asked: What will the majority of Black males be doing in the coming decades?
Michael Vick is the perfect role model for what America has become. He is the face of modern football for a reason, but he better encapsulates the face of modern America.
It is Stuff Black People Don't Like opinion that 2011 will serve as The Tipping Point for the idea of Black Run America.
For the meantime, Black people will doggedly defend Michael Vick and Barack Obama from all critics and denounce anyone who dares opine that their heroes are with fault.