Here are the questions and the answers on a platter with a side of reason.
Yes, Michael Vick was wrong.
Yes, people have opinions about celebrities they don’t even know.
Yes, there are well-bred pitbulls.
Yes, this country is in trouble.
Yes, racism still exists.
Yes, there are well-bred pitbulls that have attacked for no apparent reason.
Should Michael Vick receive the MAXIMUM penalty allowable by law? Possibly, if it is “just”ifiable and if it is a sentence less than that of a crime against a human. Unfortunately, no…dogs should not have the same rights as humans, it would introduce a slippery slope. (ie. Can we marry a dog? I tell you someone would try).
Should ALL pitbulls be regarded as dangerous? Yes and No. Keeping in mind that a pitbull is an animal and instinct can take over at any time…a pitbull should be raised well, handled with care and not left alone around children (there are stories…look them up).
Should we protest against more worthy causes? Yes. There are causes more worthy in this country than that of dogs.
Should we ignore this cause? No. However, the attention that this cause is getting pales in comparison to the number of children who go hungry each night.
Should there be a comparison? Yes. We prioritize in our everyday lives because if we don’t go to work we don’t eat. If we don’t clean the house the consequences are far less damaging (depending on who your husband or wife is). There should be differences made.
Is there something wrong with this country? Yes, we idolize entertainers and the rich and Famous…they will disappoint you everytime. It is a great burden that they hold and we should try to understand.
Is Michael Vick being singled out because he’s black? Possibly. There are those convinced that he is and those convinced that he isn’t. The fact that you can be completely convinced is proof that a problem still exists in this country. There is a disproportionate number of jailed African-Americans in this country. It stands to reason that a Black person might not view the justice system as fair for anyone of his race at any time. Every time a Black person is singled out…Blacks yell injustice. It stands to reason that a White person might begin to ignore the cryings of an unseemingly ending claim. Both have valid opinions. I would ask do you think that 400 years of slavery and numerous years of Jim Crow laws that have helped white America get ahead in this country are erased in less than 20? Be wise.
Stereotypes suck for dogs, races, sports heroes…
We have to start putting our foot down way before the Michael Vicks for there to be a valid claim that his offense was of significant importance. We have to be responsible on our own accord for far more important reasons. Michael Vick is not important to me because he’s not my hero. His violation is important because life is important. I do not believe that his violation should be unfairly punished. Making an example out of Michael Vick let’s us know our justice system is not as blind as she claims. Putting his sentencing in the hands of one man allows for bias to be involved. If Judge Hudson is a racist…he’ll never tell. If he isn’t… is he biased against those fortunate enough to make large sums of money and in the public eye? Does he hold PITA in high regard? We’ll never know THAT either. ONLY if he makes a just and fair ruling will we be able to consider that he is NOT a racist, he has NO bias against Michael Vick. and PITA did not influence his decision.
Yes, there are black people that “take responsibility” — this statement that I saw on another site in itself saddens me.
No. Racism will NEVER end. If people continue to ignore its possibility and Black people continue to see it everywhere…it will NOT end.
It is also not up to the oppressed to end it. It is up to EVERYone.
Yes, I am Black. I am proud to be so as well.