You wouldn’t know this if you watched the media coverage during the Michael Vick dog-fighting scandal, but Michael Vick is not the creator of dog fighting! I’m only bringing this up because I heard an ESPN sportscaster say he never heard of dog fighting until the Vick scandal. Duh, you pretty much won’t hear about anything unless the media decides to tell you. The fact that the media decided not to tell you is that dog-fighting started before the 17th century in Britain.
Believe it or not it started with dogs being set upon bulls as a way to tenderize the meat and provided entertainment for spectators. Soon the practical aspects disappeared and fights between dogs and other animals were often organized for royalty and poor people alike. Since dog fights were cheaper to organize and easier to conceal from the law, blood sport proponents turned to pitting their dogs against each other. Dog fighting was completely legal in America during the colonial period (17th century through 1776) and continued through the Victorian era in the late 19th century. In new millennium America, dog fighting is used as a blood sport (often involving gambling) and a way to continue to test the quality of their stock. The biggest groups to participate in dog fighting in the last thirty years have been motorcycle gangs, who also participate in other criminal activities such drug dealing, gambling and murder. But you don’t hear about that in the media, why, because it was white gangs. Hell even hate groups, and rural people up in mountain areas like North Carolina, and in trailer parks throughout this country have participated in dog fighting on a large scale. . The Humane Society of America has estimated that there are at least 40,000 dog fighters in America.
Dog fighting is even quite popular in Eastern Europe where the Russian Mafia has discovered the lucrative potential of the blood sport. Dog fighting is everywhere, England, Afghanistan, South Africa, Canada, Australia, heck in Italy the Italian Mafia has made dog fighting a 500 million dollar industry. But yet, the subject of dog fighting wasn’t reported as a level-five story until Michael Vick was convicted. The media will explain to you that this was the case because he was celebrity. So was Robert Blake. So was Phil Specter. But did their murder trails reach the media coverage of OJ? Hell no. In fact, their stories didn’t get the coverage of Michael Vick, and they were accused of murdering humans. Why? This is the media painting negative issues with Black face (what we at YAAAMS call the Poster Boy Theory). It’s like Mike Tyson wasn’t the first person to be accused of date rape, but his story was the biggest. Clarence Thomas wasn’t the first to be accuse of sexual harassment at work place but his name is STILL used when the issue comes up to put a black name on negative issue. No different if we talk about domestic violence and we think of Ike whooping Tina turner’s ass. Even though if you go to any women’s shelter for domestic violence, the majority of women are white women who were abused by white men.
The (sport) dog fighting has been around for centuries. Young African Americans didn’t seriously get into dog fighting until about ten years ago. But yet during Vick’s coverage, the media used stock film footage featuring young blacks. Making out like it was some deep-rooted black-culture phenomena. Even most blacks had no idea about dog fighting. That’s the other key to this story. When certain blacks do certain things, they make it out to be all blacks are doing it, when whites participate in negativity, it’s an individual thing. I hate to say it over and over again, but it’s the biggest trick of the media.
It took until 2008 for dog fighting to become a felony in the United States. The bottom line is that dog fighting should have been a felony long before Michael Vick scored his first NFL touchdown. There are many cases I could list here, but you do the research and find out for yourself that dog fighting is not a sport of color—it’s a sport of stupidity.