Never one to let being politicalyl correct, cause him to shy away from a candid controversal comment, former Auburn Tiger and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley told Philadelphia radio hosts, Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis, ‘too many black people are caught up in a culture that’s more concerned with street cred than intelligence.’
Speaking on the WIP-FM – SportsRadio 94.1FM radio show “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis,” Sir Charles was asked his opinion on Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson, who was the subject of an article detailing allegations he wasn’t “black enough.”
“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,” said TNT’s Emmy® award-winning studio show analysts.
Barkley, a native of Leeds, said African-Americans are too concerned with street cred than true success and that’s holding the community back.
“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. 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.”