Forgive and forget with Michael Vick

I want first of all to let the readers know who I am and why I am writing about Michael Vick's story.


I am a retired, disabled veteran of both Korea and Vietnam; served in the Army from 1950 to 1971; and retired after serving 21 years honorably. I served my country, and I am proud of it; I loved my country when it did not love me back, so I ask those who will read this letter do so with an open mind.

Michael Vick did a terrible, cruel thing to those helpless animals, and there is no denying that. However, I recall some crimes much more cruel that were done against black Americans.

Take the case of Emmitt Till, beaten perhaps near death by white men and was thrown into a reservoir with a cotton gin fan around his neck, and perhaps he was alive when this was done to him.

Or the young black man in Jasper County, Texas, dragged behind a truck alive until his body was torn apart. Or the young people who were simply trying to register blacks to vote, most likely buried in a dam area in Mississippi. People who did all this are alive and well today.

My point in telling these stories is that very rarely has a white person been put to death for killing a black person.

I don't condone what Vick did; however, at least our laws have seen to it that Vick was tried and convicted in a court of law for what he did. So to those including The Augusta Chronicle I ask: Do you have another agenda on why you can't forgive Michael Vick? Is it because he is young, gifted and black and demands big bucks for his services? Remember, God forgave Moses even though he murdered an Egyptian soldier.

So I want to say to all my black and white brothers and sisters: Let's try to forgive and forget. It took a long time for me but God blessed me to forget the difference on what I fought for and what I received when I came home from Korea and Vietnam. God bless America!

Joseph Diggs Sr.