NAACP and Michael Vick

I just saw this ridiculous item and had to blog on it.  The president of the NAACP in Atlanta decides to speak up for Michael Vick….uh, why?

Some of the highlights of this:

White said he regretted that the plea deal will mean all the facts of the case might never be known.

“Some have said things to save their own necks,” White said. “Michael Vick has received more negative press than if he had killed a human being.”

White said he does not support dogfighting and that he considers it as bad as hunting.

“His crime is, it was a dog,” White said.

He considers dogfighting as bad as hunting?  What does that mean?  Did the writer seriously just let that slide.  How do you not follow up on that statement. 

He also says this:

“As a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation and welcome a new Michael Vick back into the community without a permanent loss of his career in football,” said R.L. White, president of the NAACP’s Atlanta chapter. “We further ask the NFL, Falcons, and the sponsors not to permanently ban Mr. Vick from his ability to bring hours of enjoyment to fans all over this country.”

Who cares if he never plays again?  Is it a loss for anyone other than Vick and the Falcons as a frachise?  They guy threw away his career and then lied about what he did…to the commissioner of the league. 

Vick obviously got some enjoyment out of killing these dogs…why else would they executed them in so many different ways.  Just shoot them but for those guys to think up ways to do it…I think they really thought it was fun.  And there is no way any sponsor or NFL team can sell a Vick jersey now or in the future to some kid knowing what kind of person Vick is. 

Also, why is the NAACP getting involved in this?  There are so many other opportunities to further the black community and this guy  picks the Vick situation.   Explain that one to me? 

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10 responses to “NAACP and Michael Vick

  1. ilovemypublicist

    I bet there are some Black people turning over in their graves right now. The NAACP has no credibility and any minute expect to hear from Jesse is There A camera around” Jackson.

  2. That’s a good point…I wonder if Jesse Gets involved in this. I’m sure they will have a public prayer session soon and all will be forgiven.

  3. As a proud black man, neither the NAACP or Jesse Jackson speaks for me. Both have done some good in the past, but their time and tactics have passed by.

    I agree that people are overeacting to what Vick did, but Americans always overreact. Think about how people flipped on the Y2K concerns some years ago. Or, what about how we have overreacted toward cigarette smoking (it may be bad for you, but so is alot of other stuff). Look at how we blacks overreacted to the Duke case or to Imus. Imus is a shock-jock by nature, has said far worse, and he apoligized but still lost his job.

    What Vick did was wrong and illegal, but he should not be demonized in the manner that some white people are doing. I can personally forgive Vick if he serves jail and NFL-suspension time, shows some type of regret, and demonstrates to the Commisioner that he has finally got it.

    As for the NAACP, what message are you sending to our kids….that its OK for a blackman to make millions of dollars and squander it away on something so senseless and cruel…that its OK for a blackman to not lift up his people, but instead put his efforts and energies into something stupid like dogfighting….that black political organizations endorse and support thug-like behavior. You have got to be kidding me.

    When I was the only black in a firm 200 professionals, I felt like I was representing my entire race. Don’t you know that I worked my tail off because of this and certainly wouldn’t have done something this stupid. To me, Vick is just like OJ, he forgot where he has come from. As a black male, he disappoints me deeply.

    Notice to the NAACP: You don’t represent this black man. You can label me a “sell-out” all you want, but you are the ones really selling out my people. Let’s stick together, but not over some dumb stuff! Support a black man by not bashing him, but certainly don’t support him.

    P.S. I hope Al Sharpton leaves this alone because I’m beginning to like the guy. For real, Al seems to really care but Jesse needs money to pay for his affluent lifestyle and bruised Rainbow organization.

  4. KD

    yeah, i would hope that people start realizing that so these called leaders rarely speak for the people they are supposed to be leading.

    Pets are very valuable right now in a lot of ways and right now harming a pet is basically looked at as harming a child. Not a good time to get caught up in a dog fighting scandal.

    I think he blew it with the commissioner when he flat out lied to his face about what he knew and what he did. We don’t know the exact details but we know he lied to him. Also, I wonder if some kind of civil suit will be brought on Vick. I don’t know if someone can who maybe sold these dogs to vick and his pals could then turn around and sue them because they used the dogs to fight. I’m not a lawyer but maybe a reader who is could answer that.

    I also know what it’s like to be the only one of your race in a place and feeling that pressure…you do feel like you are both representing your race and having to make up for any mistakes anyone of that race has made.

  5. Does anyone know if they are going to prosecute Vick’s wife or family? Obviously they must have known about things going on on their property.

    I don’t think Vick deserves any more punishment under the law than if you or I had done the same crimes, but the NFL can do what they want to him, he has brought the game into disrepute.

  6. I agree with your last point. The NFL can do whatever they want to him…he lied to the commissioner’s face.

    I’m sure part of the plea will be to protect some of Vick’s family…well that’s a guess.

  7. Blacks for blacks- yea the new NAACP. Who wants them in your corner. Racist pricks.

  8. Uh, sure Mark. Just because an organization takes one position you don’t care for you want to just label everyone associated with them?

    We are talking about the president of the NAACP in Atlanta.

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  10. wow, i didnt knew this. its amazing.

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