my thoughts on the Vick situation!
by, 07-29-2007 at 08:47 AM (267 Views)
I have such mixed feelings about posting this, but it is eating me up. I am a black female. Furthermore, I grew up in very rural area. There are several points that make this issue not as big as everyone wants to make it.
1)Often times when a Pro Black athlete makes it big one of the ways he gives back is to buy his love ones, friends, self real estate. It is an investment for that player that helps to elevate others. The next best status symbol to flashy jewelry and flashy cars is having houses in all these different zip codes. So Vick is not criminally liable for the activities that occurred at that house, but he is civilly liable. If you buy your kid a car. They proceed to take the car and get several speeding tickets. You know about the speeding tickets. You say to your kid...dont speed anymore. But the kid goes out is speeding again, but this time they have an accident and kill three HUMANS. Are you the parent, negligent and criminally liable?
2)In rural areas dog fighting is similar to street racing. It is something that I grew up hearing about all the time. They would bust up the dog fighting places and only charge the dog owners with drug charges and misdemeanors. So a precedent was not set that this was a serious crime as it really is. More than a racial issue, it is a class and culture issue.
3)Because some people have pets that are there pseudo children this becomes a different discussion. These same people who dearly love there pets eat pork where pigs are electrocuted to death, eat cows that are electrocuted to death so that all of their parts can be used, and chickens that are beheaded. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment. Who says which animal is more valuable than another?
What he has or has not done is wrong in general. Does it warrant the treatment that he is getting? NO. Should he be allowed to play NFL football again? YES. I am a researcher and I work to make new ways to predict the toxicity with out the excessive testing of chemicals on animals. I try to use what has already been done to make some judgments about how a new chemical might interact with the human body. To create that data that I try to now use, there were many animals lost. Is this wrong? Are these rats and mice not animals? What is the alternative? Will you step up to the plate and volunteer your body for testing? Just my thoughts. I guess it is okay to kill animals when it is convenient...for the greater good like your next meal or your next perfume.