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Charles Barkley: ‘Black people are never going to be successful’

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Just a month after rapper Lil Boosie declared that “African Americans are the worst race on earth” because of his belief that black people hold each other down, NBA analyst and former hoops superstar Charles Barkley has echoed those same sentiments. During an appearance on the radio show “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis,” the Hall of Famer was asked about the controversy involving Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has reportedly been chastised by some of his black teammates for not being “black enough.” Barkley blasted “unintelligent” black people and said that they, not racism, are the reason for black people’s struggles.

“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 said.

“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,” he continued. “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.”



7 Comments

  1. Spencer on October 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

    What an ignorant observation. Because some white people aren’t successful, does that mean white people are “never going to be successful?”. There are many challenges in the black community including having “to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people”. I agree with his statement. But it doesn’t mean that you’re not ALSO dealing with “so much crap in your life from institutionalized racism and white people” who treat you different (ie, worse) simply because you’re black. Because of stereotypes we are very, very often not given the same opportunities as our white counterparts in the job, housing, and entrepreneurship arenas.

    • MISSYCAT(UBESTIANBELIEVE on October 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      hey Spencer ,I agree totally with you this dude go around wearing drags queen clothes looking stupid, just to try to satisfy those. Freaky freak white people that calls themselves the ELITE so that shows how much of a coon, this CHARLES COON BARKLEY ,would go to please the freaks that call themselves the ELITES IN THAT FREAKY INDUSTRY. SO I SEEM HE’S THE DUMBEST BLACK COON EVER

    • MISSYCAT(UBESTIABELIEVEIT on October 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Oops I meant to say I assume CHARLES(COON) BARKLEY IS THE DUMBEST COON EVER !!!!

  2. soisaid on October 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

    i agree 100%

  3. Nana Boateng on October 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Spencer, he never said those stereotypes and racism does not exist. He spoke of what black people have turned into their mantle as the definition of blackness, which in most black neighborhoods, is accurate with what he said. That’s not ignorant, that’s fact. Racism isn’t the rain why people scream you changed when you start doing well for yourself. It’s also not the reason why most blacks look up to rappers and the gangsta lifestyle as the only legit route to prosperity, by having ties to illegal activity or to the streets. So again, I don’t see what’s ignorant about the truth. It’s all fact.

  4. Al Taylor on October 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    It’s call the “Willie Lynch” syndrome…Have blacks go against blacks…I agree with Charles……It’s like Blacks are breed to be “Haters” against their own people…

  5. BassGame on October 28, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    “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.”

    That is true. If you don’t like it Change it