Everyone's sick of hearing about Michael Vick and his dog-fighting operation, but I can't get over Jamie Foxx and the NAACP defending him for his brutal, cowardly behavior. Kids who torture animals are said to be good candidates for future murderers of people. Adults who torture animals as Vick did—the fighting itself is inhumane, let alone the bare-handed putting down of animals "not good enough" to fight—have to be seriously deranged individuals.
Foxx's excuse for Vick is it's a black thing. That's stupid. Foxx is stupid. If something is prevalent in your community, that doesn't make it right. I'm sure he witnessed gang activities, violence, drug use (take note, Jamie...) and all kinds of other things that are a blight on inner-city communities and he probably had the common sense to realize they were wrong and they were illegal. Most people in those communities have that common sense and want to get rid of those behaviors, not excuse them. The only valid aspect of an argument for leniency on dog-fighting is that some people who harm other people frequently get off scot-free—but that's also wrong and instead of being used to justify killing dogs for kicks, that should change.
The NAACP does itself and the people it claims to speak for a huge disservice when it sticks up for the black community's worst and dimmest instead of their best and brightest. Black people have been and continue to be mistreated and unfairly targeted in this country—that is a fact. But when a black person is caught red-handed doing something as disgusting as what Vick has admitted to doing (keeping in mind his plea deal is only an admission of the bare minimum he had to admit to), it's wrong and it's self-defeating to try to liken his or her punishment to "a crime" or to racial profiling.
Are there other things as bad as and worse than dog fighting? Definitely. But dog fighting is bad enough. It's cruel to animals and it's a true danger to human beings—why do you think pit bulls tear kids apart from time to time, because they were just born that way?
I hope Vick spends a long time in prison and gets the message that being rich and famous is not a ticket to behave like an animal.