What Is Wrong With This Picture??? ESPN Makes A White Michael Vick And Asks “What If Michael Vick Were White?”

- By Bossip Staff

ESPN The Magazine thought it was a good idea to do a column called “What If Michael Vick Were White?”

ESPN The Magazine has a column about Michael Vick this week, accompanied by this bizarre image of Vick made up to look like a white guy. The illustration goes with the headline – “What If Michael Vick Were White?” – but both are drawing criticism from the writer of the column that they accompany.
Noted author and critic Touré penned to piece to discuss the race and class issues surrounding Vick’s story, but says that he asked ESPN not to use that picture or headline and was ignored.

Not only is it inappropriate, but Touré says it undermines his entire premise, which is that Vick’s story is not possible without all of the circumstances (race, class, community, family) that have made up his life. Here’s an except from the piece that shows what he means:

The problem with the “switch the subject’s race to determine if it’s racism” test runs much deeper than that. It fails to take into account that switching someone’s race changes his entire existence. In making Vick white, you have him born to different parents. That alone sets his life trajectory in an entirely different direction. Thus when this hypothetical white Michael Vick … wait, I can’t even continue that sentence in good faith. I mean, who would this white Vick be? That person is unknowable. …
If Vick had been born to white parents, you wouldn’t even be reading this right now. That Vick would have had radically different options in life compared with the Vick who grew up in the projects of Newport News, Va., where many young black men see sports as the only way out. [Emphasis added]

ESPN’s ridiculous image did accomplish its goal, which is to get people talking about the story. (The entire issue of the magazine is devoted to Vick.) More perhaps, than if a less incendiary picture had been used.

Fortunately, Touré words pre-emptively destroy The Magazine’s attempt to be clever. It’s a dumb question, that we should all know better than to ask.



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  • John Paterson

    If Michael Vick were white and was abusing dogs at the level that Michael Vick was abusing them, his career would have been over from the get-go.

    Contrary to many black’s opinions, white don’t usually protect whites or cheer for white’s who do severe wrongs.

    White’s do not protect other whites because of skin colour.

  • Westside cutie!!!!

    @ John Paterson…,, what rock have u been living under?! If that’s how u think ur either high or just plain delusional! SMH!!!!

  • Joyce

    He would have been hot.

  • thewire

    John Paterson sounds like he lives under a rock. Just leave him there

  • john Paterson

    Hi Cutie,

    You’ll have to be more specific on your comment. I don’t know if you think a white athlete severely abusing animals would have been given a slide or if you think that the white community is being harder on Vick because he’s black.

    I personally think that, since he’s done his time and he’s fulfilled his legal obligations, we need to move past it and allow him to play the game. But I do not believe anybody should be given a slide when they’ve abused animals like that.

  • team nymphis

    how many white professional athletes go out and hunt deer bears feasants rabbits… I don’t condone dogfighting but if you’re killing a animal it doesn’t matter how you do it

  • aggie bred

    show me where mike himself did those things. he funded the fights but didn’t personally handle ANY of the dogs. Haynesworth is in the news more for touching a womans breast than big ben was.

  • big ben

    Yall really do need to learn to leave me out of this. Smh

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