I'm struck by society's reaction to the crimes of Michael Vick. Let me say first of all, that he has admitted guilt to very ugly incidents of animal cruelty that no one thinks is acceptable. What strikes me is that many have reacted with a vehemence that I haven't even seen used on acccused guards at Nazi death camps. I cannot help but think that the reaction to Vick reflects a profound sense of love/hate that many people feel for athletes, especially African American ones. A Black athlete can be the object of much adulation but beneath it is always a certain level of jealousy and resentment. The fact that Black male athletes come from a social class that is disproportionately incarcerated and unemployed, and when employed usually has poor, low status jobs, means that the sight of a very rich, and successful young Black man is something of a disconnect for many people. The idea that a man who would normally be a janitor or a convict is a millionaire irks many, no matter how much they will never admit it. The bottom line is that when one of these guys screws up, folks tend to pounce on it like a cat on a mouse. At a subconscious (or often very conscious) level, seeing someone like Vick get sent to prison is seen as setting the world right for those uncomfortable with a person like Vick's success. I don't expect many of you to agree with me, but I did want to state how I see things.