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Haters Insure Michael Vick Won’t be Finally Free.

March 13, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Michael Vick has done everything humanly possible to atone for his dog torturing past. He was tried, convicted and jailed. He accepted full responsibility for his actions. He’s virtually prostrated himself before every animal rights group around to apologize for his actions. He didn’t stop there. He’s spoken out every chance he’s gotten against people who commit acts that he did. He even fully cooperated with federal authorities in identifying dog fighting rings. He’s donated time, money, and his name to animal rights organizations. On and off the gridiron he’s been a model citizen. But that hasn’t been enough.

Mention the name Michael Vick on or off the playing field, and it still draws a predictable and seemingly orchestrated chorus of taunts, slurs, digs, and plain vile hate. Convicted murderers that have served their sentence, done penance, have gotten more love than Vick. In fact, the public pound on Vick before during and after his sentencing and release, and redemption, assured that Vick’s name would be spat out in the same breath as the names of the worst of the serial killers, pedophiles, and terrorists.

But the verbal trash of Michael Vick hasn’t satiated the professional Vick hate mongers. They got another chance to take a shot at him, this time maybe even literally, when he had the temerity that he would embark on a tour to tout his book, Finally Free, and publicly discourse on his epiphany and what lessons that holds. The tour was cancelled because of the reported death threats tomichael-vick-book Vick. Some wrote this off as over reaction, maybe the handiwork of a few kooks, are simply a cheap stunt to get even more publicity. All this is hogwash. Michael Vick doesn’t need any more publicity, good and definitely bad, since his name is practically a household word, and plenty of people would stand in line and plop down the price of his book to get his signature, a photo, and exchange a few words with him.

As for letting a few supposed oddballs ruin things for him and the publisher, the massacres in Newtown and Aurora, not to mention a nation armed to the teeth, and more than a few willing to use them to defend whatever warped ideal they have of justice or just plain vengeance was more than cause for concern of the book promoters for Vick’s safety.

Michael Vick was not just a dog torturer in the sight of many. He emerged from his shame, disgrace and punishment as still a rich and famous African-American celeb that went bad. This in itself was more than enough to stir a mob vendetta against him. The warning sign that he would continue to be in the hate crowd’s bulls eye came early when the Atlanta NAACP after his boot from the NFL issued a mild statement urging calm on Vick. It did not try to apologize or pretty up anything that he did but it did publicly plead that he not be permanently barred from the NFL. For this it was relentlessly lambasted and drew the inevitable squeal that it was playing the race card. But the NAACP branch understood that in the case of men such as Vick, even when they admit guilt and plead for forgiveness, the words mercy and compassion are alien terms.

Michael Vick could’ve spent millions and hired legions of pricey publicists, consultants and image makeover specialists and it wouldn’t have changed one whit the public’s hostility and negative perceptions of him. In fact, Vick has donated a small king’s ransom to charities and various causes, including humane societies, and it hasn’t meant a thing to the haters. The bad boy image of Michael Vick is indelibly plastered on their foreheads.

Public revulsion over Vick’s crimes and resentment at his fame, wealth and race only partly explain why he’s in a near hopeless spot when it comes to fully rehabilitating his image. He’s the latest and handiest target for a public sick to death of sports icons and mega celebrities getting kid glove treatment for their misdeeds or outright law breaking, even though he didn’t get that treatment.

Michael Vick will pay and continue to pay two steep prices for who he is and how many still see him. He’s done the jail time, coughed up a load of cash in fines and restitution and legal debts, and was ousted for a time from the NFL. This price was fair and warranted. The other price that he’ll never stop being asked to pay is that he’ll be the permanent poster boy for animal abuse and the bad behaving celebrity, a black celebrity that is.

Michael Vick was eloquent when he shouted to the world that he had put his shameful actions behind him and that he had moved on. He has, but many others haven’t and won’t. His cancelled book tour was just the latest proof of that. The haters will insure that he won’t be finally free.

Written By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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Comments

3 Responses to “Haters Insure Michael Vick Won’t be Finally Free.”
  1. toomanygrandkids says:

    It’s the people who Michael Vick surrounds himself with who’ll insure that he stays in trouble. Since the dog-fighting incident, Michael has had fights and a shooting at his house. Someone shot someone else and among all the guests who attended, nobody knew or saw anything as usual. It’s not the public’s fault that his friends and family are out of control. It’s Michael’s fault for allowing them to (get away with) tarnish his image even more. He his to do something most black people don’t wanna do: LET THEM GO! Michael will continue to have a negative image as long as he hangs with troublemakers. Even the public knows that.

  2. Steph says:

    I believe that whatever path we take, we are hated. They killed Malcolm X and Dr. MLK. Remember? Leaving in a society where from birth we hear on a regular basis that we are considered less than humans, I give my hats off to our people who are still able to remain sane and are able to not resent people who make us go through hell since centuries!

  3. Papacool says:

    Only God should judge him, but in this society we exist in people have taken to the role of playing God. If Vick has asked God for forgiveness it does not matter what others say or do to him. Once God forgives, he is free indeed. Mr. Vick’s problems did not start with the dog fighting incident and it will not end there. With that being said, the man has the right to live the rest of his days like any other human being can, to the best of his ability. Common sense would dictate that he without sin should throw the first stone. The exception to this is that Mr. Vick has been hit with huge boulders. By going to prison, he has served his time and should focus on getting on with his life by putting all things in order. Mr. Vick has been blessed with talents and abilities that has made alot of people very envious and hateful towards him. Place the fact that he has not won the Super Bowl and my God this man becomes the poster child for failure. I would hope that Mr. Vick will understand that through all of this, he does indeed have people that are rooting for him to succeed. Success is always the best revenge in cases such as this. Before people continue the haterade rampage, they should ask the question of what would they have done if they were in Mr. Vick’s shoes? The man has a family to support and God knows his younger brother has not exactly been role model material. The amount of pressure associated with being famous is something that the majority of us will never have the opportunity to experience. Life is hard enough just getting past problems that naturally occur, so think about how hard it becomes when others purposely try to bring you down. In closing, Mr. Vick please continue to be the best that you can be and if you happen to feel alone, remember God is always there. Peace out, Papacool.

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