What a summer I’ve had!! I may have been gone from the world for a minute but that’s because I’ve been soooo busy working on getting my publishing company together. Not only that, my stepfather passed away and so I was helping my mom cope with that. These days, she’s doing a lot better but she does have her days when it gets hard for her to deal with it. Anyway, just because I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been paying attention to what’s been going on in this crazy world. To be honest, there’s been several things that has gotten on my damn nerves and of course, I’m gonna address them. But the first topic that I want to address is:
Let’s not pretend as if Michael Vick is not a fantastic football player. He is a monster on the football field. However, when he got caught up in that scandal in regards to dog fighting, that situation overshadowed his achievements. For those of you that don’t know about the dog fighting issue, I’ll make it brief for you: Several years ago, Michael Vick was involved with dog fighting and killing dogs that “wasn’t up to par.” Word has it that it was actually his friends that were involved in the illegal activity but since it was done at Michael Vick’s house and he allowed it, he was held responsible and had to spend some time in prison for it. I don’t know how true that part is but at either rate, he had to pay for that crime.
After he was released in prison, Vick returned to football and got his life back together. It was as if he didn’t miss a beat. So this year, he got picked up by MY favorite football team, the Steelers. First of all, the Steelers was a serious movement BEFORE Vick but now they’re gonna be even more spectacular with Vick joining them. However, there were a big group of Steelers fans who are huge pet lovers and they damn near had a shit storm about Michael Vick joining the team. They decided to boycott and have a vigil for the dogs that Vick was accused of killing. Sonica Jackson thought that their reaction to Vick joining the Steelers was absolutely ridiculous and that they needed to sit their asses down.
Let me say this: I am a pet lover too. I LOVE dogs (except pit bulls. They love to eat humans for whatever reason) but I do think that a lot of pet lovers go to the extreme when it comes to their love for pets. Yes, I do think that what Michael Vick did was wrong and cruel but the man did pay for his crime so with that being said, he has the right to move on. I don’t think that he should spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement for some damn dogs and if you don’t appreciate my honesty, then you can go to hell and take them dogs with you.
For those that don’t know, dog fighting has been around for many years and I knew about it while growing up in the inner city. It was something that men did all the time. I’m not trying to excuse what Vick did but you have to understand that most Black people know about dog fighting from back in the day and when there was a dog that wasn’t a good candidate, you killed it. That’s just how it was. To most of the people in the inner city, it was looked upon as just another sport. Although I don’t know Vick personal, I do believe that maybe this was the reason why he didn’t take it seriously. Now that he has realized just how serious it is, I don’t think that he will ever get involved in something like this again. With being said, leave the man alone and let him move on.
Just the other day, I was reading something where someone called Vick a monster. I thought to myself, ‘Oh, really? Getting involved in an illegal dog fighting ring doesn’t make you a monster. It makes you a human being that did something wrong.’ I can think of several people on this earth that are monsters but rest assure that Mr. Vick doesn’t fit that category. We as a society are some of the most unforgiving, relentless folks on the face of this earth. We will hold on to things and hold mistakes over someone’s head for the rest of their lives but if someone turns around and treats us the same, the first thing we wanna say is, “God said that we are not to judge.”
In a nutshell, I think that Michael Vick is an outstanding football player that should be allowed to play for the Steelers without being harassed by idiots that want to constantly throw the man’s past up in his face. If you don’t want someone doing it to you, then don’t do it to him. I think that these insane pet lovers need to take a chill pill and realize that in this world, he have A LOT more things to be worried about. Stop wasting your time and energy on nonsense. If you would just spend that same amount of energy on things that are really tearing up this country, you would be making a huge difference. Instead of having a vigil for some dogs, perhaps you can start a vigil for all the African Americans that died by the hands of racist cops. Perhaps you can have a vigil for people who died from world hunger. Perhaps you can have a vigil for gay people who died as a result of hate crimes. Perhaps you can have a vigil for African Americans who died while fighting for their rights. Perhaps you can have a vigil for all these vicious mothers who have killed their own babies. Perhaps you can have a vigil for people who died from gun violence. Just a thought.
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