Note to Sharpton and Simmons: Slow Your Damn Roll!!

By Dr. Boyce Watkins
Updated: July 24, 2007

NEW YORK — OK, I need to quit. I’m going to say some things that will get me into trouble, but as my mother used to say “Boyce, your mouth will either make you great or get you killed, I’m curious to see which one!”

I have thought and spoken extensively on the Michael Vick dogfighting situation. I have debated the issue with professors, journalists and brothers at the barbershop.

Most of us agree that dogfighting is not acceptable, and most of us agree that Vick might go down faster than Vanilla Ice with ankle weights.

But I almost jumped out of my “drawz” when I read the latest moves by The Rev. Al Sharpton and Russell Simmons.

Together, they have joined with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and the Humane Society to write letters to Vick’s corporate sponsors condemning his actions.

“Wow,” I thought to myself. “They’re really trying to get a brother fired.”

I like Al, and I’ve been on shows with him in the past, but I can’t help but wonder if that perm on his head was strapped down too tight. Teaming up with PETA to go after Vick’s sponsors?

What the hell are you thinking?

Russell Simmons is usually as apolitical as a piece of chicken.

I’m not sure why a hip hop mogul would get involved with a case involving an athlete accused of dog fighting.

And a pastor teaming up with PETA makes as much sense as a hamster having sex with a phone book. Their actions wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that they’re all black, would it?

The peculiar partnership between Sharpton, Simmons and PETA also makes no sense because many PETA members HATE Michael Vick. Understandable, but they are jumping the gun.

Whatever happened to something called “innocent until proven guilty”?

Two black leaders teaming up with PETA to go after Vick’s corporate sponsors borders on serious, intense, pathological haterology. That’s like me getting together with my brother’s worst enemy to tell a woman down the street that my brother is cheating on her.

If Vick is already getting publicly lynched for allegedly committing a crime, should we go out and buy extra rope? Sadly enough, these events can make the rest of the world think that someone may have been bought.

Had Vick been white, this pact between PETA, Sharpton and Simmons never would have happened. Were Sharpton or Simmons white, they would never have been asked to participate in the condemnation.

Why IN THE WORLD people would be allowed to pit blackness against blackness in such a humiliating way is absolutely beyond me.

I am not a fan of what Vick might have done. Cruelty to animals is inexcusable, so if found guilty, he should be seriously punished. But to go after him so early in the process is borderline asinine on the part of all parties.

Al and Russell, I love you both and I am sure that when I see you, you will glare at me like Mike Tyson at a bucket full of earlobes.But in this case, I must be the one to tell you: You’re both dead and horrifically wrong.