Michael Vick did a terrible thing. TERRIBLE. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to sponsoring a dogfighting ring, participating in many himself and being a part of the killing of dogs (pit bulls) by drowning or hanging. And he made money off this stuff. AWFUL stuff, really.
He was convicted, went to jail and paid fines. He has expressed remorse through public apologies, served time and lost his livelihood, and did community service. For all intents and purposes, he has paid his debt (legally). Dude don suffer, which is more than can be said for many terrible people who’ve done terrible things.
So…why won’t people let the dude live now?
Michael Vick has been signed to a deal with the New York Jets and there’s a Change.org petition going around right now demanding that he be banned from the practice field at SUNY Cortland. Talmbout “We MUST send the message that we won’t be party to the torture of animals by conveniently forgetting what he has done. If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes.”
Get THEE entire hell outta here and please tuck in your petty!
It’s gon be 2050 and some white folk are STILL gon be mad at him. “Remember when he fought and killed them dogs?” There are genocides (of humans) going on in the world AS WE SPEAK that folks aren’t bothered about but y’all wanna still be mad about these dogs.
Let’s not even talk about the fact that there are athletes in the NFL who have been accused of raping multiple women and they’re still HUT HUTTING in peace. But THIS is the battle that folks wanna fight, though? Oh ok. (-___-)
There are a couple of obvious issues here: the criminalization of Black men and society’s inability to think they’re able to be rehabilitated. And two: the de-valuing of women and every one else who isn’t a white man, really. The fact that he can commit a crime against dogs and still can’t find forgiveness. But those other summagoats that raped women? IT’S COOL! YOU SAID SORRY! Or “It was their fault anyway!”
We’re not even gonna talk about how George Zimmerman is walking around after killing a Black boy AND THEN MAKING MAD MONIES FROM CELEBRITY APPEARANCES!!!! I AM SO FUCKING LIVID AND I HATE EVERYTHING!!! Maybe we shoulda have charged that bitch with killing dogs too. My feelings are so hurt.
UGH! So no, I don’t have time for this perpetual protest party on the Vick case. People need to cry them a river, build a bridge and get the hell over this. I got a couple of tweets from folks talmbout “WE CANNOT LET IT GO! Cruel is cruel.” And “This isn’t about race. It’s about what he DID.” Sit your dollar ass down before I make change!
How many athletes with super shoddy pasts are being constantly protested like this? How many celebrities are being reminded of their pasts like this? It’d be different if this was commonplace but I notice that when Black folks (men, especially) commit a crime (or are just accused of it), white people love playing “Never forget.”
Shit, remember the Twitter beef that happened because Jenny Johnson kept taunting Chris Brown? Or that fact that OJ Simpson was found innocent for his wife’s murder but they never let him forget either and the dude ended up in jail ANYWAY for stealing his own stuff. The absurdity of that is almost laughable. But does Charlie Sheen’s name come with auto-tweets about being a wife-beater multiple times over? NAH.
Folks revel in the criminalization of Black men and it’s so easy for us to throw them in jail and cuntpunt the key into Lake Michigan. That is a refusal to acknowledge their humanity and that makes US inhumane too. Folks are so concerned by the cruel treatment of dogs when we’re treating fellow PEOPLE like animals unworthy of justice.
People are outchea FOREVER butthurt. If that was the name of a store, some people would have whole closets with the tag “ForeverButthurt” on it. At this point, what folks want him to do is time travel to the past and delete delete delete what he did. And since science is being a haterbish and won’t give up the passcode for that, he isn’t able to.
Michael Vick is no martyr. He did something horrific but he did his time for the crime. But folks don’t want him to be employed or live in peace. Talk about disenfranchisement. It’s not fair. So I need folks to STFU and go occupy some seats.
P.S. Yes. This is about race. If you disagree, you are wrong.