It is a very well-written essay, but ESPN undermines it with the title "What if Michael Vick were white?" and the picture that appears on this slide. The essay has very little do with the question that is ignorantly being asked in the title, which is actually answered in the last sentence of the essay:
And to those who believe we should judge a man by how he responds when dealing with the worst life has to offer -- with how he climbs after he hits rock bottom -- Michael Vick has become heroic.
And that has nothing to do with race.
So. Yeah. The author of the piece has taken to Twitter to vehemently denounce his involvement with the piece’s title and picture, but it still remains.
In light of such an unbelievably ill-advised article title (probably the work of a joking editor during an article topic session), I thought of 10 alternatives that were scrapped on the cutting room floor.
If you have any, please leave them in the comment section—I beg of you. My favorite will win my undying respect.