Paging Rush Limbaugh. ESPN Headline: “What if Michael Vick were white?”

August 27th, 2011

I do not listen to Rush anymore, but I used to be a fan (mostly in college). The entire Donovan McNabb controversy was a tempest in a teapot. He made a comment that the media, desirous of a black quarterback to concede, gives McNabb more praiser than he would if he were a white quarterback. Rush’s comment was construed–quite ignorantly–as saying that he thinks McNabb is overrated because he is black. Rush’s comment was about media perceptions about McNabb, not McNabb. In fact, Rush made the comment on Sunday NFL Countdown, and no one noticed till maybe Tuesday or Wednesday.

Anyway, Touré (never heard of him) wrote a piece for ESPN Magaizne titled “What if Michael Vick were white?” They include a photoshopped image of Vick as a white guy.

All of that is why, to me, Vick seems to have a deeply African-American approach to the game. I’m not saying that a black QB who stands in the pocket ain’t playing black. I’m saying Vick’s style is so badass, so artistic, so fluid, so flamboyant, so relentless — so representative of black athletic style — that if there were a stat for swagger points, Vick would be the No. 1 quarterback in the league by far.

Race is an undeniable and complex element of Vick’s story, both because of his style as well as the rarity of black QBs in the NFL. A decade after he became the first black QB to be drafted No. 1 overall, about one in five of the league’s passers is African-American, compared with two-thirds of all players. But after his arrest for dogfighting, so many people asked: Would a white football player have gotten nearly two years in prison for what Vick did to dogs? . .  .

Ultimately, there is no separating Vick from his circumstances: his race, parents, economics and opportunities. Alter any of those elements and everything about him and how the world sees him would be unrecognizable.

You get the gist.  He rationalizes his article on CNN. Not a single mention of Limbaugh.