Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 3/17/13
Michael Vick has resumed his book tour and book signings that were canceled after he and his family received death threats last week.   Vick has one question for those animal activist and people who feel the need to threaten him and focus on his past, ”Why would you continue to bash somebody who’s trying to help make the world a better place?” Four days after his publisher, concerned about death threats he and his family received, canceled a series of appearances by Vick to help promote his autobiography, “Finally Free,” Vick appeared at a suburban Atlanta church for a charity event for juvenile offenders Saturday afternoon, and signed autographs also. Animal rights activist and pet lovers have made Vick public enemy #1 since he was convicted of dog fighting in 2007.  Even though Vick has gone out of his way to work with the Humane Society and speak to inner city organizations, Vick still is in certain groups radar. Vick has come under fire again recently after he admitted that he and his family now own a pet dog.  Vick felt strongly about getting a dog, because he wanted to learn from his past and teach his children how to care for animals. His book tour and signings were subsequently suspended last week after receiving several threats.  Vick himself wonders why so many people are focused on him, when so much bad is going on in our society today. “A lot of people are sick and tired of hearing about my past, because there are so many other problems that are going on in this world that need to have attention drawn to them,” Vick told USA TODAY Sports. “People are dying every day, children are being killed, going to jail. Not to say I overlook what I’ve done, but I try to do outreach as a positive. “That’s my responsibility. That’s what I’m going to continue to do. That’s what’s important. Those people are not important.” Vick admitted he suspended the tour due to concerns he had about the safety of others, not necessarily himself. “It wasn’t so much fear, but you have to take precaution for yourself and your family, and for other people as well,” he said. “I knew a lot of people were going to be at the signings, and I didn’t want to put anyone in jeopardy. “I think the small fraction of people who are still making these derogatory comments and thinking irrationally, they’re in a league of their own. But we won’t let it stop us from what we’re trying to do.” “We’re definitely going to finish the book tour,” he said. “Even if it happens again, we’re still going to move forward, but we’ll do it in a totally different way. The book is doing great because of all the attention it’s gotten in the last couple days, so what more can I ask for?” Again we are all aware that Michael Vick made a mistake, but he also served his debt and is going beyond his means to still repay his debt and help others stay away from the path he took. What good does it do for us as people to constantly want people to do good, when we won’t allow them to forget about the bad they once did. Michael Vick for his part is doing more good than bad in this day and time, and that should be commended, not taken for granted with constant threats and antagonizing. If Michael Vick is so evil and so bad, what does that make all those so-called perfect dog lovers who are threatening him and his families lives?
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