In an article from ESPN the Magazine today, the great folks at the sports entertainment giant addressed the question that has been plaguing us all since Michael Vick was first indicted on multiple charges of animal cruelty in 2007.
According to ESPN – or at least this particular author – we have all been wondering: Just what if Vick was white? And I’m glad they’re finally going to answer it for me! It was keeping me up at night...
“Since the day he was arrested, people have asked. The answer isn't what you think.”
For a person who’s not very easily offended but would also like to think of myself as sensitive to the offenses of others, I was shocked to find this article honestly ... well, offensive. And it wasn’t so much for the racist undertones and stereotypical references, as it was the sheer audacity of this individual to actually think they were writing something profound; something enlightening perhaps.
To put it as simply as I can, this article is trash. And the illustrated photo (above) is the icing on the cake.
Here are some excerpts from the article. I’ll let you decide:
"I'm not saying that a black QB who stands in the pocket ain't playing black. I'm saying Vick's style is so badass, so artistic, so fluid, so flamboyant, so relentless -- so representative of black athletic style -- that if there were a stat for swagger points, Vick would be the No. 1 quarterback in the league by far."
"In making Vick white, you have him born to different parents. That alone sets his life trajectory in an entirely different direction. Thus when this hypothetical white Michael Vick ... wait, I can't even continue that sentence in good faith. I mean, who would this white Vick be?"
"Would a white kid have been introduced to dogfighting at a young age and have it become normalized to the extent that he builds it into his life after he joins the NFL?"
And, while I won’t continue to speak negatively about a man who has paid for his crimes – Vick's is certainly a compelling story – this one is my personal favorite, referring to the former dog fighter as “heroic.”
"And to those who believe we should judge a man by how he responds when dealing with the worst life has to offer -- with how he climbs after he hits rock bottom -- Michael Vick has become heroic."
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