Charles Barkley is well known for speaking his mind. He’s made numerous controversial comments over the years. You can read several of them here. Here he goes again.
During an interview on a Philadelphia radio station Barkley was asked about the criticism of Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback. The main point is that Wilson isn’t black enough.
“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.
“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.”
Barkley also said, “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.”
Saying Wilson isn’t black enough seems to be a racist comment. What is his team mates trying to say? Pick a race! If you are too friendly with anyone besides African Americans you’re not really black. Isn’t this what “Uncle Tom” means?
Does Barkley make a good point? Is there more pressure and racism on the African American community from its own race?