Former NBA basketball star, Charles Barkley, dished out some harsh words toward the black community while speaking on Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis. He blamed the lack of advancement in society on some black individuals acting too white, and others retaliating against those that do not fit int the stereotypical norm.
Charles Barkley is not a stranger to expressing his opinion publicly or stirring a bit of controversy now and again. His newest rant centers around the lack of success within the black community and his thoughts on why society still looks down on minorities. The conversation started when Barkley explained why he thinks Russell Wilson, of the Seattle Seahawks, is being labeled as “not black enough.”
Charles Barkley took the opportunity to educate the world on why being labeled as “too black” or “not black enough” is detrimental to the black culture.
“We as black people are never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you are black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people.”
Barkley went on to share that street cred has become more important in the black communities that success. When a young black man or woman begins to show signs of success, the others in the community become angry with the individual and retaliate in various ways, all because he or she is not being a “good black person.”
“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. It’s a dirty, dark secret in the black community.”
Charles Barkley feels that there is a fear of intelligence within the black community, one that would rather tear down a successful person than allow he or she to succeed and make the others in the community look bad.
“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success. It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful. It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man.”
Charles Barkley dished out some harsh words about those that live within the black communities. What are your thoughts on his opinions?
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