Michael Vick story isn't a political one, but it relates to racial
politics in that a tactic used by those who want to defend him is often
used when discussing political and social issues within the black
community and it is a tactic that prevents our community from being
honest with each other and finding solutions to our problems;
especially those problems most affecting black males.
reluctant to blog about the whole affair because its just sick. Dog
fighting is a felony and is deserving of a fine and restriction from
owning any animal, mammal or fish. I wouldn't even give that person a
plant. I realize these are dogs and not humans, so I wouldn't put that
person in prison. But if you want to put a dog down you euthanize them.
The way it was alleged to have been done in this case, is sick.
Electrocution, hanging and bashing their heads into the ground is
indicative of a psychopath and someone who needs to be locked up.
decided to blog about it because I happened to be listening to the Jim
Rome show online yesterday. It’s a sports show, so of course the host
brought the topic up. Not seconds later, a brother called up and
accused Rome of being racist. He said Rome was only bringing this up
because Vick was black. If Rome really cared about the cruelty of dog
fighting, he would have brought it up before. Yes, I was just thinking
myself that I don’t hear nearly enough about dog fighting as I want to.
Actually, Rome had brought the topic up a few years ago when it
involved another athlete, but this caller wasn't interested in any
The caller knows he was wrong, but it’s such a familiar
and successful tactic of deflection used in cultural politics and
racial issues. Anytime someone is criticizing an act or behavior of
someone who happens to be black, especially a black man, you threaten
the “racist” label. This makes them either shut up or veer off the real
topic; a topic that needs to be discussed if we are ever to find a
solution. So, even though a couple of brothers phoned in to call that
guy out for what he was doing, his tactic worked. For the next 2 hours,
Rome spent most of the show explaining why he isn't a racist instead
discussing the real issue.
The caller said he's listened to Rome
for 3 years now. So have I. So I know that he knows Rome isn't even
remotely racist and doesn't tolerate it from his audience. Rome never
fails to mention when a white athlete gets in trouble or acts the fool
over something. People who make racist comments are banned from the
show and he refuses to read racist e-mails even though he admits he
gets many. He rails endlessly against people in the world of sports who
make racist statements no matter what color they are. Because the
caller knew this, he knew that all he had to do was put the suspicion
of racism on a well-intentioned person and “the black man” in this
case, Vick, suddenly becomes the victim. Shame on him for doing it and
shame on Rome for falling for it. www.politopics.com