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22 January 2010

Vick Tries To Pin Dogfighting On Black Folks

For all the black people that read Georgia Politics Unfiltered, explain this to me:

When you were growing up, did you ever use your leisure time to watch two dogs fight?

The reason why I ask is because former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick made the audacious claim that dogfighting is a part of black culture.

Michael Vick said on Thursday that dogfighting was a part of black culture.

"When you grow up in the inner cities, when you grow up in the urban neighborhoods, that's pretty much what you get," Vick said. "You don't have opportunities to do certain things at your own leisure. When you have down time, if you're not playing football, basketball or baseball, then you're looking for some activity to get into."

Associated Press (2010-1-21). Vick: Dogfighting Part Of Black Culture. WSB-TV. Retrieved on 2010-1-22.

Vick's comments came as part of a ten-part documentary to be aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET) February 2nd.

Now maybe my upbringing in the predominately white community of Sandy Springs has blinded me to the realities of black culture. I'll readily admit that I'm probably the whitest black guy you'll ever meet. Still, I don't think I've ever heard of a bunch of black kids getting bored to the point where their best idea is to start a dogfighting ring.

Playing video games, I've heard of. Throwing the football around, I've heard of that too. But dogfighting? Really, Mike Vick? That's your excuse? Dogfighting is a part of black culture? Really?

Don't pin that on black folks, Michael Vick. Accept responsibility for your actions and move on.