Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Michael Vick case has nothing to do with race!

Oh here we go. Everyone is out to get Michael Vick because he is black! The whole investigation is racially biased. This is just some of the things I have been reading on some sports blogs and now the NAACP is stepping forward and getting involved.

This is not about race; there is no race card to be played in this case. It is about culture, a culture that strives in urban areas across the country.

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that organized dog fighting has increased more than 300% since 1992. In many cases the dog fighting takes place in conjunction with drug dealing. The director of the Capital Area Humane Society in Ohio told the Cincinnati Inquirer, “Dog fighting is a family event, often held in large warehouses. Children watch and there can be concession stands at one end, gambling somewhere else, and over in the corner they’ll be selling cocaine and crack.”

New Orleans journalist Eileen Loh-Harris wrote an article in 2001 about the dog fighting phenomenon titled “Fight Club.” Loh Harris wrote: "In recent years, pit bull terriers have become a macho accessory in urban culture, where kids are attracted to the animals' reputation as inherently mean dogs. Add the hard-edged glamour of the dogfight—the gambling, drugs and weapons; the illegality; the 'fight 'til you die' credo—and dog fighting flourishes in places where cultivating a tough reputation is often paramount to survival."

The Michael Vick case is about his actions and the culture of dog fighting, a culture that promotes violence and disrespect for common decency and the law.
So all you people trying to play the race card in this case, it just isn’t so. It doesn’t matter that Vick is black. What matters is dog fighting is against the law. It is against the law in all 50 states and considered a felony in 48 states.

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