… Why Some Black People Support Michael Vick
Ed’s Note: The idea of this isn’t to get under your skin, but to get you out of it while hopefully provoking thought. Work with me people.
To the People Who Want to Know Why Some Black People Support Michael Vick:
Settle in for a few. We’re going far to the left only to make a sharp right. Then I’m going to bore down on the target — you — at 90 mph. You may not agree, but you’ll know where I’m coming from, which is often most important. So get your caffeine of choice, wake up and open your mind …
Let’s pretend that white people are lions and blacks are tigers (you can associate other races with other cats in the animal kingdom if you feel so led). Lions and tigers are part of the same species, just like all human races are. But there’s one area where these cats aren’t nearly as advanced as humans: Tigers don’t run in packs of lions all that often.
Don’t get me wrong, there are Ligers — a mix of the two. But in reality, tigers run with tigers and lions with lions.
Same can be said for the species with dominion on this Earth. That said, there’s an innate reason why the 23 blacks enrolled in a Biology I class with 500 other students are more likely to befriend each other. We, people in general, tend to venture toward our likenesses. That’s not deep. It’s common sense.
Hispanics do it. Asians split amongst themselves (as do blacks and Hispanics), and most non-Asians can’t even point out what differentiates the Japanese from the Chinese (*raises hand* because I can’t). So do white people. Think about it. There are Italian-American, Irish-American, Russian-American and Jewish neighborhoods scattered throughout the different metropolises of our nation.
Our frozen melting pot pie, in some ways, is taking forever to thaw out. It’s because we yearn to find people like us who share our morals, political views, values and even music tastes. It’s who we are, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of that. But you should consider embracing people who don’t look like you. That’s what makes America America, right?
That said, if you have any real black friends, you probably have an understanding as to why you shouldn’t give the side-eye to blacks who support Ron Mexico bka Mike Vick. If you don’t, I’ll be that one black friend. The following is from me to you:
All people — black or otherwise — don’t necessarily have the same affinity for pets as you likely do. Some people see animals as animals, like the rodent you might set a trap for in your garage. Or better yet, the horse or greyhound you might have put down because it can’t run well enough to become the cashcow you desire it to be.
I’ll query you more directly: If Michael Vick is convicted to a year-plus in prison for killing pit bulls that don’t fight well, why is it considered to be lawfully right to “put down” greyhounds or thoroughbreds that can’t run as fast as you want them to gallop? It’s the same moral flaw.
Mike Vick made a major mistake in starting Bad Newz Kennels. And most black people don’t support what he did. We don’t back his frivolous spending before he went to Leavenworth, either. But some black people do support other blacks like Vick. They want to see our people do their best, and rise from trying circumstances. Why? Because “Plymouth Rock landed on” our ancestors a few hundred years ago.
Do I have to bring up the tried-and-true race card swipes to make that make sense? You know: Slavery, Jim Crow, Plessy v. Ferguson, Lynching, Gaines v. Missouri, Brown v. The Board of Education, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Martin, Malcolm, Four Little Girls, Crack Cocaine, Rodney King, the disparaging number of black men in jail v. black men on college campuses, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah … (Register reads: Insufficient funds, RACE CARD MAXED OUT). I shouldn’t have to, should I?
Vick should not be PETA’s focus. PETA should work toward making it illegal to put an animal down because it can’t run fast enough. If that were the case with humans we’d be putting down a few quite a few American sprinters after Usain Bolt’s performance at the 2008 Olympics.
Makes no sense, right? Why? Because we’d be killing people for idiotic and barbaric reasons. This isn’t “Gladiator.” Why would you kill someone for being second best? If that were the case, think of who all we’d lose: Phil Mickleson (Tiger Woods), Venus Williams (Serena), State Football Championship Runners-Up (The team singing that popular Queen song), [name a boxer] (Floyd Mayweather), Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Joy Behar), Dave Chappelle (Chris Rock), Sarah Palin (Tina Fey), Sen. John Kerry and former VP Al Gore (W.), Sen. John McCain (President Barack Obama) Jennifer Aniston (Angelina Jolie) and LeBron James (Kobe Bryant). The list could go on and on.
And like Chris Rock said, you best be glad black people stereotypically hate cold weather. Imagine an alive LeBron on ice skates? Give LeBron three years, and you’d have to add Sidney Crosby to the “second best” list. Seriously though, I’d be curious to see the outcome of LeBron versus Sid. Sid is dope with that puck in tow, but … LeBron… is… King.
What if hockey player LeBron broke things off with is longtime girlfriend/baby’s mama — I’m not suggesting that — and decided to date one of super metrosexual/tough guy Sean Avery’s exes? Avery wouldn’t say a damn word about King James dating his “sloppy seconds,” would he?
As the true King of Comedy once said, “that tiger would go tiger” on that lion cub.
Forever over-thinking this one,
P.S. “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?” ~ Maximus, “Gladiator”
UPDATE: I do need to make one Race Card debit. Click the link and make the appropriate parallels to the letter … Blacks in Horse Racing. I first read about this in New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden’s book, “Forty Million Dollar Slaves.” I highly recommend it.