A walk in the park

A day at the dog park could explain why Michael Vick's punishment became racially charged

Updated: August 26, 2011, 12:34 PM ET
By Patrice Evans | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Sept. 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

A FEW YEARS AGO, WHEN AMERICA first put Michael Vick in the doghouse, then in the pound, I found myself babysitting dogs in New York City. I had also started a blog, the Assimilated Negro, and the coincidental perfect storm of technology, theme and topicality was overwhelming. Dog walking is humbling work, no matter how often you remind yourself that you're outside, getting exercise and paying your rent, and that ...

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