Charles Barkley made an appearance on the Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis radio program, and he made some statements which have gotten him into hot water with the black community. The radio hosts asked the basketball star how he felt about the reports that teammates of Seattle Seahawks player Russell Wilson don’t think he’s black enough. Barkley had this to say:
“Well, unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, 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. It comes out every few years.”
This revelation appears to blow the liberal white privilege platform right out of the water. Barkley continued:
“When young black kids do well in school, the loser kids tell them, ‘Oh, you’re acting white.’ The kids who speak intelligently, they tell them, ‘You’re acting white.’ So it’s a dirty, dark secret in the black community; 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.”
And so it comes down to an identity crisis for black individuals, perpetrated at the hands of other blacks who have been conditioned towards the detrimental behavior from a tender age. Young blacks must choose between prescribing to a culture which has kept them down for decades, or becoming successful and being targeted by people of their own race. “We’re the only ethnic group that says, ‘Hey, if you go to jail it gets you street cred.’ That’s the typical BS that goes on when you’re black,” explained Barkley. He furthered:
“Listen, I hate to bring white people into our crap, but as a black person, we all go though it when you’re successful… One of the reasons a lot of black players go broke is because when you’re successful, your friends say to you, ‘Oh, you ain’t cool, you ain’t down with us anymore.’ And you end up giving up all your money to these damn losers and you end up broke again. It’s a dirty, dark secret in the black community. A lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success, best to put a successful black person down ’cause they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful.”
White progressives love nothing more than to harp on the narrative of white privilege; a notion conservatives have long since known does not exist. Here we have proof of such, from the lips of an African-American man. Barkley was born and raised in the black community, therefore one stands to reason that he knows much more about its intricacies than any white liberal. Still, Barkley maintains that it is black individuals who are holding other blacks back from progressing – not whites.
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