Okay, I know I've been slacking in the blogging department. And I usually try to keep things light & fun on here. But what the hell was Whoopi Goldberg thinking when she defended Michael Vick
Goldberg said that "from where he comes from" in the South, dogfighting isn't that unusual.
For many people, dogs are sport, Goldberg replied...
I got news for you, Whoopi . . . from where Vick comes from (in the South), racism and bigotry isn't that unusual. Does that make it acceptable? Does that make it at least a bit forgivable? I'm betting no. There was a time (actually, I'm sure there are some who still think this way) when for many people, blacks were sport. Does that mean it was okay? Does that fact make lynchings any less disgusting or revolting? Absolutely not. In many parts of this country drug use, random acts of violence, theft/burglary/robbery "aren't that unusual." Does that excuse the behavior of anyone who commits those acts?
Most people I know learned at a very young age that "everyone else is doing it" isn't a valid excuse for wrongdoing. It doesn't justify anyone's actions, nor does it eliminate (or even reduce) personal responsibility for one's own actions. I had respect for Whoopi. No longer.
Posted at 9/4/2007 6:19:03 pm by PhilM