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The breaking news was a total surprise. Football fans who had tuned in to ESPN
to see a preseason game between last years two Super Bowl teams Cameron
Brannagan Jersey UK , the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona
Cardinals, were immediately transfixed with the news that Michael Vick was the
newest Philadelphia Eagle.
Vick, one of the most celebrated football
stars in history and one of the wealthiest African Americans in professional
sports, had become somewhat of a social pariah because of his involvement in a
heinous dog fighting ring. After the allegations became public two years ago,
Vick instantly went from one of Americas most beloved stars to probably its most
Despite the fact that Vicks actions in the aforementioned dog
fighting were indeed heinous, the punishment and the public fallout were
extremely excessive. Many critics believed, and still believe, that the former
Atlanta Falcons quarterback should be barred from making a living in the
National Football League permanently.
As a publisher of an online
magazine, I marvel how technology has transformed the way in which the media
communicates with its audience. What once was a one sided relationship, has
become reciprocal, as readers of various publications and viewers and listeners
of television and radio shows can voice their opinions just as easily as the
manager of a media enterprise.
However, as an African American it shocks
me to hear the anger that many non Black members of our great nation have when
it comes to their opinions of wealthy African Americans. Practically all of the
protestors against Vicks signing with the Eagles were White, and practically all
of Vicks supporters were African American. The fact of the matter is the uproar
over Vicks crime would not have resulted in such a harsh sentence if he was not
one of many wealthy African Americans in the NFL with a football contract worth
over $130 million at the time, in addition to his many endorsement
Although we have come far as a nation when it comes to race
relations, incidents always occur that lets us know that we have so far to go.
When President Barack Obama was elected many believed we were in a post racial
America. However, the threats and ridicule he has received from a certain
bigoted segment of our population lets us know that many are not willing to
accept powerful and wealthy African Americans.
Furthermore, many falsely
believe if they do not utter racial epithets and say all of the political
correct things in public, that somehow they are immune from expressing prejudice
and racism. In actuality, many times our racist thoughts are subconscious, and
deep down all of us our prejudice in some form or fashion. Subconsciously, what
many Americans have a problem with is not that Vick tortured dogs, which he was
totally wrong for, but that this African American male from the ghettoes of
Virginia can come out of incarceration and become an instant millionaire by
jotting his signature on the dotted lines.
Even for those of us who are
not blessed with a million dollar contract Brad
Smith Jersey UK , everyone from wealthy African Americans to poor
White Americans, deserve an opportunity to right the wrongs in their life. No
matter how severe the crime, we all need and deserve forgiveness, including
I know what Michael was accused and convicted of, and I dont like
it at all, Eagles teammate Donovan McNabb wrote on his blog. I have had dogs all
my life and consider myself a dog lover. I am in no way excusing Michael for
what happened, but he was punished for his crime. He served his time and, at
least I believe, he has learned from it. I believe Michael is a changed person,
and that he deserves a chance at putting his life back
Nevertheless, the hatred that is aimed towards wealthy African
Americans does not have to stem from criminal activity. After the shocking death
of Michael Jackson, his family began receiving the type of media scrutiny that
they once received at the height of their popularity.
Much attention was
placed on Jacksons three young children and the details of the will that gave 40
percent of his earnings to his mother Katherine, 40 percent to his three
children and 20 percent to charity. When CNNs Nancy Grace asked another legal
expert on her show if Katherine could give her portion of the earnings to her
children and husband, Grace shook her head in disgust that all of the money
would not go to his children.
I often wonder, if the fact that the skin
of Jacksons kids is fair had anything to do with the medias concern for their
welfare. If the three children had darker skin would news outlets such as CNN
have been so concerned about their welfare and the allegations that their
grandfather Joe had physically abused his own children?
would Grace had been so disgusted to think that Jacksons parents and siblings
could inherit hundreds of millions of dollars if all parties involved had dark
skin? Throughout the history of this country, many wealthy White Americans have
earned their fortune through inheritance. If one is blessed to have a highly
successful member of the family, why should they not benefit from old
It just seems that because we now have more powerful and wealthy
African Americans in our country, some in society have become offended that
wealth does not have a color complex, which has resulted in many wealthy African
Americans. Unfortunately, many seem to have a cash complex when it comes to
people of color.
Author's Resource Box
Todd A. Smith is the publisher of http:www.regalmag, an online magazine
dedicated to issues affecting African American men. To read more about wealthy
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