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by Walter Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
There are times when the explanation for a misunderstanding reveals an offense much more appalling. The recent controversy regarding Philadelphia Eagle’s quarterback Michael Vick and his cruelty to dogs, for which he was incarcerated, has provided such a moment.
The impetus for controversy was a comment by President Obama in support of the Eagle’s decision to let Vick play football following his incarceration. The presidential attention led commentator Tucker Carlson to assert that Vick ought to have been executed for his crimes. As we might expect, Carlson provoked a hardy response.
Among those chiming in was Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who joined fill-in host Bill Wolff on The Rachel Maddow Show. Expecting more time to articulate her point, Harris-Perry’s comments were initially perceived as an attempt to justify Vick’s crimes as a product of America’s history of slavery and institutionalized racism. As it turns out, that was not her intended point. Eager to clarify, Harris-Perry crafted a blog post at The Nation to flesh out her argument.
Ironically, her correction is far more alarming than the initial misunderstanding. Along with Nation colleague Dave Zirin, Harris-Perry demonstrates the utter moral depravity which underlies leftist notions of animal rights, race relations, and the criminal justice system. Their worldview, carried to its logical conclusion, would inform a totalitarian state.