Barkley is an famous NBA star who was interviewed by a radio station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the topic that was discussed was the growing number of black American athletes who show disrespect to veterans and our country by refusing to stand for the national anthem.
The former NBA player made no bones in admitting he feels the idea that black people are systemically targeted and discriminated again in white America is nothing more than a myth.
He said, “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.”
Barkley spoke out because of Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, criticizing Colin Kaepernick’s antics as well as comments that Wilson was not black enough. The comments were coming from Russell’s fellow teammates so Barkley said, “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.”
It is nice to see someone from the black American community speaking the truth about this controversy. Black people are shamed for saying anything contrary to the narrative that has been created for them where they are oppressed. It takes courage to stand out from the crowd and state an opinion that one knows will not go over well with people of his own race.