Tonight, when Michael Vick takes the field, in his first NFL game since December 2006, there will be hundreds of protesters outside of Lincoln Financial Field, protesting his return. It's a given that no matter what Vick does, there will always be a segment of the population who will never forgive him for his act of cruelty. I get that. And to some degree they are right. But life goes on. And whether they like it or not, Vick is the back-up quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.
So let's look forward instead of backwards.
There isn't anything we can do about the fate suffered by the Vick dogs. We can't turn back the clock. Further punishing Vick is not going to bring them back. So all these protesters should look at the bigger picture.
Dogfighting is still a big problem. What about the hundreds of baby pit bulls born everyday in the inner-cities who are destined to have the same fate as Vick's dogs? Those of us who have forgiven Vick know that this is the bigger picture.
I get the feeling these protesters have no clue about what goes on in the inner-cities. But the Humane Society of the United States does, and they are happy to have Vick on board, because quite frankly, without a high profile spokesman, they were not going to put an end to this problem. Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society says so himself.
I mean, we're talking about neighborhoods where drugs and violence are the rule of law. Neighborhoods like the one Vick grew up in. The Humane Society is fully aware that these kids aren't going to listen to them, but when they show up with Michael Vick--now we're talking.
And now the Humane Society is starting to release videos of Vick going around the country and preaching to kids about the evils of dogfighting.
So if all these protesters got their wish and Vick was rotting in jail, who is going to help the Humane Society save all the baby pit bulls born today that are destined to live a torturous life?
Here is a video released by the Humane Society of Vick speaking to kids in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago's south side:
Again I ask--is this a bad thing?