As I was tag surfing this morning I came accross a post that contained a picture of the Michael Vick Dog Chew Toy. Disgusted at the Samboish caricature of the NFL Star, I clicked on the link to the site marketing it.
Vick Dog Chew Toy.com is a site operated by An Animal Abuse Awareness Group with the following claim posted above this degrading picture:
Translation: We are doing this to get rich but will donate some of the profit to charity if we make enough money. However, please still buy our product and donate to animal shelters because you like
dogs animals more than n!$$@s people who abuse them.
LOOK at the image of the toy. It is a PICKANINNY! According to Jim Crow, The Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Ferris State University “The Picaninny Caricature”, “Picaninnies had bulging eyes, unkempt hair, red lips and wide mouths into which they stuffed huge slices of watermelon.”
Should our black athletes be reduced to this? While I understand how everyone could be dissappointed in Vick for being around and possibly participating in dogfighting, what I don’t understand is why the black community is not supporting him. He has been accused not convicted and we are fleaing from him like the Black Plague.
Do we not care about our black men? If Vick was involved with dogfighting shouldn’t he get the same kind of understanding as Tim Donaghy for fixing games. Donaghy has a problem; why doesn’t Mike have one? It’s because he is black — a black man.
Wilkipedia states, “the picaninny was seen as one of a multitude of black children – disregarded and disposable.” I have two sons and they are not to be disregarded and certainly are not disposable. My heart aches for Micheal’s mother because he has beed disregarded by his black family and disposed of by white America, the media, and the NFL.