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WHAT IF MICHAEL VICK WAS WHITE? WELL ESPN IS UNDER FIRE!

25 Aug

Well would it make much difference? Apparently ESPN was about to run a story depicting Mike Vick as a white man and how his life would have been different had his skin tone better lighter. I don’t think it was the story they got everyone in a uproar but the pic above that was used to accompany the story.

via Yahoo!Sports:

ESPN is under fire Thursday for creating and publishing the Photoshopped image above of Michael Vick(notes) with a white face to accompany a column in ESPN The Magazine entitled “What if Michael Vick were white?”
After immediate backlash to the image, which was also posted on ESPN’s website, editors replaced the online picture with a regular photograph of Vick. The website then reversed course and, as of 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, had restored the original, controversial image to the top of the online story.

The picture and headline accompany a thoughtful piece by noted cultural critic Toure on how Vick’s race has shaped both the positive and negative aspects of his life. The author dismisses the hypothetical question posed in the article’s title saying that changing Vick’s race would be to fundamentally change the athlete so much as to render him unknowable.

I mean, who would this white Vick be? […] When you alter his race, it’s like those Back to the Future movies where someone goes back in time, inadvertently changes one small thing about his parents’ dating history and then the person starts to disappear. 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.

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