I ran my first Fantasy Draft yesterday (not the UvT Draft, that’s Saturday), then I saw something that could have changed up the entire draft. Michael Vick (who went 7th in my league) had changed. Something was different. It would have changed his draft position dramatically. Mike Vick is white.
The article this image was attached to was actually pretty interesting. Toure really goes through great efforts to show that race and racism isn’t as simple as changing skin color. That there are a lot of things that come with race that you can’t control. His biggest point is that you can’t just take Mike Vick the quarterback and switch his skin (and presumably his 40 time). His point was that if Mike Vick were white, he probably wouldn’t have been born into a rough section of Newport News and his entire life would have been different.
Let’s talk about what is really important though. Like, what was the thought process of the person responsible for photoshopping Michael Vick into a white man. Sure, you’ve got to change the skin tone. That’s easy. Straight hair? Sure. Then he decided it was important to leave the goatee. I don’t too many white cats who support the goatee other than Jim Rome.
But the artist left the goatee in there anyway. Here’s where it gets interesting. They really went with the no sun version of Michael Vick. Like this dude has been shut inside for 4 years. Then there was the decision to make the lips smaller. I can’t tell if something was also done to the nose. You would assume they might want to change it, but I don’t know that they did.
I will tell you this about Mike Vick being a white quarterback. If he played ball the exact same way. With a run first mentality. With so much speed he makes defenders hit each other? They might have inducted him into the hall of fame before he was done playing. He would be held out as the greatest athlete ever. The man who finally broke the lack of speed stigma on behalf of white people all over the world.