Charles Barkley seems to be getting more and more conservative as time goes by. There was a time when I could not stand the guy, but I find myself liking him more and more these days. He was interviewed by a Philadelphia radio station where they discussed racial issues.
Barkley didn’t hold back. He flatly stated that unintelligent and brainwashed blacks are keeping successful black people down… not whites or cops. It takes a lot of guts to say that these days, because it definitely makes you a target in the black community. It’s the lobster effect, where if one tries to crawl out of the tank, the others pull him back down.
From Blue Lives Matter:
“Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It’s a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it’s coming out.”[…]
“One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And 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. And it’s a dirty, dark secret.”
“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…We’re the only ethnic group who say, ‘Hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man.”
On “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis,” Barkley was asked about Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks being accused by teammates of not being ‘black enough’. Which evidently, he thought was ludicrous. What makes someone ‘black enough’? Committing a crime? Being in a gang? Doing time? That’s a hell of a way to prove something… just destroy your whole life and your peers will accept you. Genius.
Those of any race that strive to become better people and more professional at what they do should be lauded, not castigated by any group. Barkley is a success and he comports himself as one. When I look at Charles Barkley, I see a world class athlete and an astute business man. I don’t see the color of his skin.
He’s got a point… black people, not whites keep other black people down.