Thursday, August 23, 2007

Toe-meh-toe, Toe-mah-toe

Every Suspect's Probably Negro is reporting that the 50 pitbulls seized at Michael Vick's home are going to be euthanized if no one claims them by August 25. Why are they being put down? Simple. They are deadly dogs who were raised to be killers and aren't deemed suitable for domestic living. And, its safe to say that they are as good as dead because no one in Virginia, or any of the other states Vick is accused of dogfighting in, is going to come and say "dude! that's my dog!"

This leads one to ask, if the government can come in and decide to kill some dogs because they are dangerous, why is Vick being crucified? Granted electrocuting, hanging and drowning dogs is kinda sick, but wasn't he pretty much doing the same thing? He was killing the dogs because they were underperforming, meaning that they weren't fairing well against other dogs. But the fact remains that they were still attack dogs, meaning that he can't just put them up for adoption or give them away to a family in the suburbs, because shid...while they might not be able to fight against dogs, they are still very much capable of biting the hell out of any child or adult that gets too close to them at the wrong time.

The city of Atlanta and its behavior towards Vick, especially the media got me thinking about some other tragedies associated with the sports teams here. Does anyone remember this guy:

Dany Heatley was a upcoming star for the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team. I'm not a big hockey watcher, but dude was the business, almost unstoppable on the ice. In 2003 he injured himself and killed his best friend and teammate Dan Snyder in a violent car crash. Now, I don't claim to have the best memory, but I could have swore that the wreck was caused because Heatley was driving fast--and drunk. At least that's what I remember in the initial news reports. But now years later, the stories say that he was driving fast, with alcohol in his system, but not enough to declare him inebriated. For punishment, Heatley got 3 years probation (2 years after the incident) and he was granted a trade from Atlanta to Ottawa to help him leave the tragic story behind him. Luckily for him, he didn't recieve as much backlash as Vick, who killed a dog, not a human. Heatley's only backlash was being removed from the cover of the EA Sports NHL '04 video game. However, you could still buy his jerseys and hockey cards.

While we're at it, does anyone remember this guy:

Former Atlanta Falcon Patrick Kerney must own a pretty big house. Earlier this year a houseguest, who is female, claimed that she was raped by two men she met at a club, inside Kerney's home. It happened in March, 3 months after the football season was over. Meaning that Kerney was home, upstairs, sleep, but didn't hear anything going he says. The reason why some of you didn't hear about this is because if you weren't watching the news the night this story was talked about, well, you just didn't see it. I for one don't remember it being mentioned again. Really, who wants to report on women getting raped inside football player's homes while they are upstairs asleep? That's not news. And how convenient is it that just like Heatley, he doesn't play for Atlanta anymore, he's now with the Seatlle Seahawks.

This shit reminds me of that song they used to sing on Sesame Street:

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
Did you guess which thing just doesn't belong?
If you guessed this one is not like the others,
Then you're absolutely...right!


Andrea said...

nice lil blog, shawty... if we could remember ALL the wacky, terrible things fite wholks have done that were quickly brushed under the rug a lot of ppl wouldn't be in office, a lot of ppl wouldn't get the money we spend on their clothes, music, etc... (still don't understand why folks fuck with timberlake still... i know he wasn't killing anyone, but he did quickly ditch the sista Janet). more than anything, i'm disheartened by the situtation, disheartened by his crazy ass father who is running off at the mouth even tho no one asked him anything... and i'm disheartened that Vick is going to go down with this history for the rest of life... nevermind the other things he has done... nevermind that the ppl you referenced probably won't get that same historical record... how did he get involved in this shit?????????????????

mOn said...

Great drop this week son. It always important to put things in perspective and its not until you compare situations that you remember how unfair our society still is.

Miranda said...

Great piece, nice perspective on how we have once again let the media bamboozle us into believing our men are the big black beasts that can't be contained while yon white men deserve sympathy and second chances. While Chris Benoit gets damn near canonized as suffering from who knows what resulting in a horrific and sufferable death for his wife and child...Mike Vick is villanized as some sort of Pol Pot of Dogs.....We continously allow the media to define our mistakes as sadistic and heinous, while they get context and understanding.....I'm so sick of this. And people wonder why a prosecutor could look at Genarlow Wilson and throw him in prison? They wonder how a prosecutor could charge high school students with felony assault to land them in prison? Really? Why do we wonder this? That prosecutor was probably watching ESPN, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN2, ABC, NBC or CBS the night before and saw a face like the one in front of him, and thought "another black beast".

mimit said...

very interesting and thought provoking perspective.
i tried to not look at this incident from a racial perspective, but you just cant deny that it does have a lot of racial under, knaw, overtones!
it would be intersting if 'they' would look at this situation from a socio-cultural stand point....

rodney said...

damn good post. especially the sesame street song metaphor. i wonder why ESPN or any other major media outlet doesn't look deeper into that. i mean, don't get me wrong, i know why. but at the same time, it is 2007. if the media isn't allowed to ask the question, who is? plus, don't they know what it would do for ratings?

Janee TMB said...

Muy bien hecho...

crunkite said...

u got that shit right on point bro.. shit is just fucked all the way up.