“Overall, the strength of this work lies in Robinson’s unique analysis of Michael Vick’s fall and rise. I don’t think I have ever described an academic work as creative, but each section of this book is just that – innovative, original, and inspired. I say this because of the specific comparisons that Robinson utilizes (i.e., dog fighting to bestiality; Vick’s treatment to Roethlisberger’
Robinson raises important issues concerning the way race and deviance are treated in America, and how this pertains to the Vick case, as compared to high-profile whites in the NFL, such as Bill Belichick and Ben Roethlisberger. Other findings reveal that following the police raid of Vick’s home in Smithfield, Virginia, on April 25, 2007, the number of African-Americans arrested for dog fighting increased disproportionately by race from the five years prior, raising serious questions of selective enforcement by race.
FROM VICK-TIM TO VICK-TORY: THE FALL AND RISE OF MICHAEL VICK (ISBN: 978-1-62516-
About the Author: Kenneth N. Robinson, M.S., is an adjunct professor of sociology at his alma mater, Buffalo State, in Buffalo, New York.
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