Posted by p-mike
Actually I did here's some key points that he danced around the subject:
"I'm not saying that a black QB who stands in the pocket ain't playing black. I'm saying Vick's style is so badass, so artistic, so fluid, so flamboyant, so relentless -- so representative of black athletic style -- that if there were a stat for swagger points, Vick would be the No. 1 quarterback in the league by far."
Translation, if he wasn't black and didn't play a black athletes style he'd be more highly regarded. I little hint when someone says "I'm not saying" that means that they are saying
"Would a white football player have gotten nearly two years in prison for what Vick did to dogs?"
Why pose the question if you didn't mean to bring up the question?
"This question makes me cringe. It is so facile, naive, shortsighted and flawed that it is meaningless. Whiteness comes with great advantages, but it's not a get-out-of-every-crime-free card. Killing dogs is a heinous crime that disgusts and frightens many Americans. I'm certain white privilege would not be enough to rescue a white NFL star caught killing dogs. "
That statement lets him dance around the subject but still points that whiteness do get away with certain stuff just not every thing
"Ultimately, there is no separating Vick from his circumstances: his race, parents, economics and opportunities"
If the point was purely color isn't the issue as he stated then why mention his race as a factor compared to the others mentioned above.
Yes the writer has made very good points as the differences in the cultures and have that culture can change to improve but why does he keep tossing in these subtle comments that leads the reader to think that if he was a different color things would be different instead of saying if his father was different, or he came from a better economic position, or if he had better opportunities? He could have easily written this same piece without changing Vick's color by just moving the location where he grew up. The writer chose to make the color as a determining factor instead of environment which lead to the title of this piece.