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"Michael Is A “Vick-tim” - Commentary by Raynard Jackson"
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Michael Vick has become the “Vick-tim” of his own choices and at the same time a victim of America’s hypocrisy.
Vick (the Vick-tim) put himself in the position where he had to do time in prison. He was always made to feel above the law from his days at Virginia Tech. This led to his arrogance to the point where he felt he did not have to listen to anyone.
But at the same time, Vick has become the victim of our hypocrisy. Putting aside all legal considerations, I am appalled at how people are outraged that he killed a few dogs. But these same people don’t lift a voice at all the teenagers who have been killed in Chicago this year alone!
Even those who feel Vick has served his time feel compelled to preface their statements with, “I love dogs or what Vick did was wrong.” I am tired of everyone trying to be politically correct (PC).
Let me make my point CLEAR, I don’t give a damn about these dogs! What does this say about our country that we get more upset over dogs than we do over human life?
Roger Goodell has conditionally reinstated Vick to the N.F.L. (with all kinds of stipulations), but it seems like everyone is piling on. Vick served nearly two years in jail, lost multiple millions of dollars in endorsement deals, and filed for bankruptcy. How much more should one person have to pay back to society?
Now, juxtapose that with Dante Stallworth, a receiver with the Cleveland Browns. Earlier this year he pleaded guilty to DUI and second degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail (only served 24 because of good behavior), 1,000 hours of community service, 8 years of probation, 2 years of house arrest, and life-time suspension of his driver’s license. And he killed a human!
There were no protests in the street, no picketing of N.F.L. headquarters, or no boycotting of advertisers. So, do you honestly think a damn dog is more valuable than a human life?
Stallworth has been indefinitely suspended from football, but probably will be allowed to play after one year if he stays clear of further legal issues.
Again, Vick put himself in the position he is in and has no one to blame but himself. But, he has become the poster child and a convenient target for America’s hypocrisy. Even the murder of the couple in Florida who adopted all the handicapped kids, didn’t cause the level of outrage as Vick killing a few dogs.
Vick has suffered enough and deserves a second chance. Whether you agree with his actions are not, he has paid his debt to society and should not be required to work with the Humane Society or any other group unless he chooses to. He is doing all these things strictly to get back into football. Martha Stewart is back on TV (insider trading), Oliver North (lying to Congress about Iran Contra) is back on the radio, and Marv Albert (rape) is back in broadcasting. You never hear any mention of their crimes anymore. They have been allowed to get back into their professional fields and make lots of money without the public being constantly reminded of their past transgressions. I think Vick deserves the same treatment.
My whole point is proportionality and fairness. Again, legal considerations aside, how do you justify putting Vick through all the BS he is going through over a few dogs? The justice view is that Vick put himself in this situation; the fairness view is that he is a victim of America’s hypocrisy!
Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-based political consulting/government affairs firm. You can listen to his radio show every Saturday evening from 7-9:00 p.m. Go to www.ustalknetwork.com to register and then click on host, and then click on his photo to join his group.