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'Supporting Our Own': Blacks Split on Michael Vick

An animal rights activist holds a sign near the Atlanta Falcons training camp in Georgia supporting the ouster of NFL star quarterback Michael Vick.
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An animal rights activist holds a sign near the Atlanta Falcons training camp in Georgia supporting the ouster of NFL star quarterback Michael Vick.

NFL quarterback Michael Vick plans to plead guilty to federal dogfighting charges next week. The case has ignited a spirited public debate.

Is support for Vick in the black community based solely on his race, or on a broader belief that he's just the latest high-profile black man to be vilified in the media?

NPR correspondent Allison Keyes moderates a discussion with Michael Eric Dyson, author and Georgetown University professor; Mark Gray, radio host of Sports Groove on WOL-AM; and Katheryn Russell-Brown, author and law professor at the University of Florida.

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Allison Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She has been reporting for NPR's national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.