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ESPN's White Michael Vick Degrades Accompanying Essay, Scares Small Children

Update: This horrifying image has since been replaced.
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The above photo is not a publicity still from the Adult Swim director's cut of "The Polar Express," (you'd watch that) but rather an illustration accompanying ESPN The Magazine's essay "What If Michael Vick were white?"

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Far more fascinating than such a hypothetical as #WhiteVick (Twitter's producing out a wonderful caption collection at the moment) is that the garish, offensive art somehow made it to print. Expect much gnashing and outrage, and if you feel like pitching in, don't aim it at essay author Toure - he made sure to Tweet that "The Mag" management were responsible for the art and headline, which he protested.

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If you can block out the attached poltergesit, Toure's essay is a succinct and sharp explanation as to why it's impossible to imagine anyone outside of their own race, let alone Vick. Needless to say, he's a little pissed at the production department.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.