NBA legend Charles Barkley: Black Americans brainwashed by ‘unintelligent’ thug culture

NBA legend Charles Barkley is tired of blacks blaming whites for their own problems.

“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,” Barkley told radio host Anthony Garano on Philadelphia’s WIP.

“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,” 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.”

Barkley was defending Seattle Seahawks Russel Wilson, who is black, from teammates who’ve been quoted in the media — anonymously, of course — that Wilson is somehow “not black enough.”

To Barkley, that’s just so much BS.

“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 …

“The thing that’s hap—we’re the only race that tell people if you don’t have street cred, with like, that means you been arrested,” he continued. “Like, like that’s a compliment. 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. But don’t waste a lot of time on it please.”

This is not the first time Barkley has angered parts of the black community. In 2013, he publicly said he agreed with the jury that acquitted Florida resident George Zimmerman of murder in the Trayvon Martin shooting — a stance that drew vitriol on social media.

Twitter went wild over these recent comments as well.


There was the occasional anti-Barkley tweet.

However, most comments supported Barkley.

Listen to the interview here.

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Carmine Sabia

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