Sports commentator Charles Barkley hasn’t come across a sensitive topic that he will not touch, and now he has voiced his opinion on what he calls a “dirty, dark secret” in the African-American community.
During an interview with a radio station in Philadelphia, Barkley expounded on claims that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was disliked by some of his teammates, partly because he wasn’t considered to be “black enough.”
“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success,” Barkley said. “It’s best to knock a successful black person down ’cause they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful. It’s crabs in a barrel. … We’re the only ethnic group that says, ‘hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ ”
The concept of “crabs in a barrel” isn’t new, and it’s universal. If you’ve ever seen a bucket of crabs at the market, the ones at the bottom will try to pull down the crabs that are closer to the top.
“I lived this, and if it weren’t for my parents I wouldn’t have pushed through it,” one Twitter user said in response to Barkley’s comments.
While some agree with Barkley’s comments, others were irked by his delivery, calling out the commentator for his tendency to generalize the experiences of an entire group of people.
“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,” Barkley said. “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.”
Wilson’s response? “Black enough? I don’t even know what that means,” Wilson said. “I’m just an educated, well-spoken male.”
What do you think of Barkley’s remarks? Do they have some weight to them?
Do they further contribute to a divide within the black community?
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