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Bias?

Posted by bmac on July 27, 2007

This is from a reporter at Yahoo! Sports(?), on the Michael Vick dog-fighting case, on the Yahoo home page, titled Racial Divide. I posted on this earlier, but decided to change my take on it.
here was America in full force, full vision, mixing it up while Vick pled not guilty to federal charges pertaining to an alleged dog-fighting ring on property he owned in rural Surry County. And front and center, impossible to ignore, was race.
almost all of the people supporting Vick or holding signs pleading for “due process” and “innocence until proven guilty” were African American
On the other side was an emotional, angry, passionate anti-Vick group that was overwhelmingly white.
Already, we have a problem. I wasn’t there, so I will have to guess on some things. I know that in a high profile case like this, groups send out people to stir things up. On the Pro-Vick side, I would guess the agenda was to make this a racial issue, that a black celebrity is getting railroaded. On the “other side”, animal activists, probably PETA, using this for their agenda. Both are despicable.
But let’s concentrate on the “writer” for Yahoo! Sports(?), and how he chooses to portray both groups.
Here’s a sample of the “anti-Vick” crowd:
“Burn in hell you (expletive) (expletive),” repeatedly screamed one woman.
Die like those dogs,” shouted another.
Now, the “people supporting Vick”:
“I wouldn’t say it’s a racial thing,” said David Williams, an African American, in a hopeful tone. “It’s not racial. But for these animal rights people to take one person and crucify him isn’t fair.”
Two black women held a sign declaring: “I support Mike Vick due process.”
Pretty big difference there. The “people supporting Vick” just want “due process.” The “anti Vick” crowd, all but want to form a lynch mob on the spot. I’d say there may be some bias happening here.The Yahoo! Sports(?) guy then goes on to offer this:
That a case involving dog fighting can break so quickly along racial lines is a testament to how it bubbles below just about everything in this country. We all wish it wasn’t so, including both sides here. No one wanted this. Almost no one even wanted to acknowledge it. But it was there, plain as day in black and white.
Wow, just wow. I guess the PETA people really lost this one.
If you want to read it it’s here: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=dw-vickhearing072607&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

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