Sunday, October 26, 2014

Are Blacks choosing "street cred" over success?

I found this article this morning where Charles Barkley opined on an article declaring an active NFL player wasn't Black enough:
Speaking on the radio show "Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis," Barkley was asked his opinion on Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson, who was the subject of an article detailing allegations he wasn't "black enough."

Barkley fired back:

"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.
BTW, in all the years I watched the NBA Barkley was a dominant basketball player. Of course off the court, he always struck me as a man with a big mouth. Barkley has strong opinions and will express them.

He's even entertained being a Republican although I'm not entirely certain what his political leanings are. He's just a person who runs his mouth all the time. Of course that doesn't always mean he's right or wrong on a particular subject.

In any case, sometimes I wonder if we do stereotype ourselves in the worse way. Projecting some negative expectations onto those who could do much better. Black can be better than those videos that people often want to see on this site World Star Hip-Hop.

1 comment:

Zach Isaacs said...

By the same token, I don't think Mr. Barkley should direct his comments to one particular racial group. Achievement is not measured by skin color; it is measured by personal characteristics. All human beings deal with struggles and temptations. I don't think it's fair to just call out one group.

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