I am not Black and I was not raised in the South, but if I were either I'd be very insulted by Whoopi Goldberg's explanation of why Michael Vick was involved in dog fighting, which she expressed today on The View.
I understand that she's just trying to stir up some controversy, but I never realized that hanging dogs, beating and electrocuting them while running an illegal dog-fighting ring was part of the Black culture. If a White television personality said that, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be on the news right now demanding a formal apology and his resignation.
After I heard that generalization, I thought of one of my favorite actors, James Earl Jones, and wondered if he runs a dog fighting operation. After all, he's Black and grew up in Mississippi. Then I pictured the late Honorable Thurgood Marshall, whose grandfather was a slave, finding pleasure in the torture of man's best friend. Somehow I couldn't quite picture him betting on dog fights while he served on the Supreme Court. Hmm..I believe Atlanta is in the Deep South, at least it was when I was in school. Isn't that where the great Martin Luther King Jr. grew up? I could go on, but you catch my drift.
In my humble opinion, Whoopi's remarks are tantamount to Racism. I don't care if you're Black, White, Chinese, male or female, rich or poor. Anyone who can cause pain and suffering to helpless creatures who would otherwise be loving pets is sadistic. It's also illegal in 50 states. So when Whoopi said
"I just thought it was interesting, because it seemed like a light went off in his head when he realized this was something that the entire country didn't appreciate"
did she mean Mr. Vick was unaware that he was committing a crime? Or did she mean that, since he is a football star, he felt the Law didn't apply to him.
When Bill Clinton honored Barbara Jordan (Black from Texas..which is where?) with the Presidential Medal of Honor, I remember thinking "I hope someday she's elected President." She was named "Role Model of The Century." Would you want Michael Vick to be a role model for your children?
I don't know Michael Vick personally. In fact, because I'm not a big football fan, I never heard of him before this year, but I am sure he didn't commit the felony of running an interstate gambling operation because he is Black or because he was born in Virginia. By expressing the opinion "aw, he didn't know any better. It's just the way he was raised because he's Black" she sure sounds like a Racist to me.