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e 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 adidas

superstar supercolor kaki , 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 adidas

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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 deals.

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


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 chaussure adidas boost , 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, 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 Vick.

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

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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 nike roshe run

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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


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 African Americans visit http:www.regalmagwealthy-african-americans-hated-mainstream-society-a-384.

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