James Mtume: The Race Card Is Involved in The Michael Vick Case

James Mtume host of “Open Lines” is on Hannity and Colmes right now, claiming that THE RACE CARD is involved in the Vick Case.

Hannity, as well as liberal Colmes, and even an African American (who’s name I didn’t catch) all agree that it’s a celebrity, not a race issue.

Mr. Mtume is a wacko!  Why is it that African Americans love to play the race card so much?  (Not that all of them do it, but I really don’t see it happen as much with any other minority).

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican

6 Responses to “James Mtume: The Race Card Is Involved in The Michael Vick Case”

  1. animalchaplain Says:

    If there is anything good about the Michael Vick story, it is that there is an emerging increased awareness about animal cruelty and animal fighting. There is so much anger about this issue. If we channel it into a positive direction, hopefully, something good can come of it. However…

    I watched Vick’s public apology with my little son who USED TO wear Michael Vick jerseys to school. It is disturbing to think a certain percentage of the population is honestly going to be swayed by Michael Vick’s “enlightenment” carefully crafted by his overpaid attorneys. Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe a man who has been allegedly torturing animals since childhood coincidentally has a religious epiphany as a result of getting caught and losing his job. I hope I am wrong.

    I think it is a sad commentary that we, as a culture, are using the Vick story to compare “What’s worse?” “What’s worse”, we ask, “carelessly fathering illegitimate children, or dogfighting?”. “Dogfighting or gambling?” “Dogfighting or rape?” “Dogfighting or racism?” “Dogfighting or hateful nationalism?” “Dogfighting or (fill in the blank)….?” The comparisons to dogfighting have been endless.

    Dogfighting is one more piece of evidence our country is in need of a spiritual transformation (please note I said spiritual and not necessarily religious). Animals are sentient beings – they feel pain, and they suffer, just like we do. They are not more important, or less important than human beings, but like human beings, they are important, too.

    Dogfighting pits one dog against another until one of them dies. The survivor gets his flesh torn off, ears ripped off, eyes pulled out, etc., and the reward for being “a winner” is to writhe in pain until the next fight. Enough said. The pictures make my flesh crawl. The losers are tortured, beaten, starved, electrocuted or drowned. For what? Because these poor creatures were unlucky enough to be born a dog!

    Every major faith teaches its followers to be responsible stewards of animals and the Earth. Please help us get the word out that caring for animals, just like caring for people, is an important part of just being a decent person and citizen. If we make this a priority, there will be no more dogfighting horror stories, and no more pointless comparisons of evils. Let us all rise, together, to be better people than we are today, shall we?

    Chaplain Nancy Cronk
    Founder, http://www.AnimalChaplains.com

  2. marcg Says:

    This issue isn’t going to lead to more empathy to animals. Listen, I am a vegan. I won’t even eat honey. But even to me, it could hardly be more obvious that the way this was handled had everything to do with Michael Vick’s blackness.

    I don’t want to leave a super long rant because nobody reads those and I hope that this will be read. White people need to get outside of their bubble or there will be a hundred more of these type issues where black people say race and white people act shocked and aghast.

    This isn’t monolithic but for the most part, whites only listen to other whites. I live in Atlanta and most of the white people I encounter don’t really have any idea of life outside of a white perspective. This is the real reason white people THINK blacks play the race card: whites have no connection to black reality.

    The Hannity and Colmes video is a very good example of the way in which black opinions and analysis are not allowed on television. They brought on Mtume but for ‘balance’ they also brought on Lynn Swann, a black Republican.

    1. The two white guys constantly interrupt Mtume.

    2. The two white guys allow Lynn Swann, who is expressing an opinion they agree with, to speak uninterrupted.

    3. When they bring whites on the show they never balance out the whites (as they did hear with Mtume and Swann) with an equal number of whites that have an opinion opposite to theirs.

    Authentic black political thought is not allowed on television. On the rare occasion that it is allowed, it is censored by interruptions and offset by bringing on other blacks not representative of the majority of black opinion as they did by bringing on Swann (be honest, how many black people are actually Republicans).

    The electronic Berlin Wall erected in the media doesn’t allow whites to hear the opinions and evidence for those opinions, of black people.

    Consequently, when an issue arises and blacks point to racist aspects of it, whites having been blocked from hearing black thought in mainstream media, don’t understand what they are hearing and simply dismiss it.

    Because the media isn’t democratic, this dynamic will only change when whites seek out authentic black opinions and educate themselves beyond the filter presented by the mainstream corporate media.

    Here is another perspective on the Vick issue.
    http://edgeofsports.com/2007-08-23-279/index.html

  3. inkslwc Says:

    I think the reason they interrupted Mtume was because he just kept going on and on and on about the same crazy idea.

    He reminded me of some psycho hippie who just claimed to be abducted – and Hannity and Colmes were the 2 cops who finally just told him to put down his bag of pot and shut the heck up.

    When you’re that crazy of a person with just insane thoughts, people get annoyed and shut you up.

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