So Vick’s a Pickaninny

Michael Vick Chew ToyAs I was tag surfing this morning I came accross a post that contained a picture of the Michael Vick Dog Chew Toy.  Disgusted at the Samboish caricature of the NFL Star, I clicked on the link to the site marketing it. 

Vick Dog Chew Toy.com is a site operated by An Animal Abuse Awareness Group with the following claim posted above this degrading picture:

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Translation:  We are doing this to get rich but will donate some of the profit to charity if we make enough money.  However, please still buy our product and donate to animal shelters because you like dogs animals more than n!$$@s people who abuse them.

LOOK at the image of the toy.  It is a PICKANINNY!  According to Jim Crow, The Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Ferris State University “The Picaninny Caricature”, “Picaninnies had bulging eyes, unkempt hair, red lips and wide mouths into which they stuffed huge slices of watermelon.”

Should our black athletes be reduced to this?  While I understand how everyone could be dissappointed in Vick for being around and possibly participating in dogfighting, what I don’t understand is why the black community is not supporting him.  He has been accused not convicted and we are fleaing from him like the Black Plague. 

Do we not care about our black men?  If Vick was involved with dogfighting shouldn’t he get the same kind of understanding as Tim Donaghy for fixing games.  Donaghy has a problem; why doesn’t Mike have one?  It’s because he is black — a black man.

Wilkipedia states, “the picaninny was seen as one of a multitude of black children – disregarded and disposable.” I have two sons and they are not to be disregarded and certainly are not disposable. My heart aches for Micheal’s mother because he has beed disregarded by his black family and disposed of by white America, the media, and the NFL.

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PETA Please!

ba_tillman.jpg As I was watching coverage of the Michael Vick dogfighting court appearances, a brief story regarding the punishment of the soldiers involved in the Pat Tillman cover up caught my attention.  So, I did what everyone does when they want more information — I Googled it!

According to an article posted at ABC News, “the Army has decided not to punish three other officers who had been accused of wrongdoing by the Pentagon inspector general.”  

What? Tillman was called an American hero by our President and those who lied about how he died will only career-ending administrative punishments.  Where is the Justice?  Not one of those involved in this cover up will face criminal charges.  There may be a recommendation that “Defense Secretary Robert Gates strip Kensinger, a three-star general, of his stars, a move that would reduce Kensinger’s pension by approximately $1,000 a month.”

What about jail?  These people, members of the armed forces, are held with just as high esteem as professional athletes.  We salute them and the flag at every sporting event.  Tillman was a soldier who walked away from a huge NFL contract.

Do we not care about this man because he was rich?  His mother, Mary, told the AP:  “I’m not satisfied with any of it.”  She shouldn’t be.  ESPN has spent countless hours reporting on the Michael Vick incident without much more than a hiccup about this family’s injustice. 

Where is PETA?  They are out picketing the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons, Nike, and the Courts regarding ending Michael Vick’s career, endorsements, and income.  Who is picketing the U.S. Government?  Not PETA.  They only care about animals, not slain American heroes.

News references taken from ABC News.