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Charles Barkley: ‘Unintelligent’ Blacks ‘Brainwashed’ To Choose Street Cred Over Success

1400x1400_podcast_anthonyandrobNever 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.”


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3 Comments on Charles Barkley: ‘Unintelligent’ Blacks ‘Brainwashed’ To Choose Street Cred Over Success


    Urban America in some parts of this nation is in denial.Living under siege due to Gun Violence and burying our children has become the norm.Urban America’s lack of courage & commitment to prevent more death is proof.Urban America has a big issue when it comes to Unity.Urban America still has not caught on to the fact,that Unity is the master key that will unlock all the chains of learned helplessness & internalized oppression.Urban America is still waiting for the Calvary to save them.Not accepting that they are the Calvary and it’s way pass time to save themselves.Urban America has chosen to forget about their predecessors who by Unity, sacrifice & commitment for human & civil rights.Led to the beginning of equal rights,that Urban America benefits from today.Urban America believes we have arrived in society,truth is we haven’t.The progress that was made has stalled by Urban America.Urban America’s children’s education is lacking due to the parents and placing the blame on teachers & schools.Urban America believes they’re powerless against those who’ve convinced them there is no hope.Truth be told it’s being done by design.Urban America is giving their money to Mega churches,which do nothing for the urban communities which surround the church.This is why Urban communities have no businesses of their own.Urban America is electing local officials and not holding them accountable to address the ills of Urban communities.Urban America wont let go of suffering from the Willie Lynch syndrome.There is no trust of one another in Urban America.Urban America suffers from high unemployment & poverty,still Urban America is the biggest consumer in the nation.Urban America’s mindset is every man & woman for themselves,survival of the fittest. Never mind who gets let behind.Urban America is in it’s own way,blocking themselves from changing their conditions in Urban America.Urban America is headed in the wrong direction,is in dire need of GPS. The road is leading to a dead end.Urban America it’s time to learn to believe in yourselves again.The prisons are filling up with troubled youth & young adults and so are the grave yards.Does Urban America have a fear of change and truth.”Truth Be Told,Urban America Doesn’t Like The Truth”………No Violence-Know Peace!
    Posted by **ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!**Save Our Children!*

  2. What good is blaming the victims? We should address the cause of white supremacy. .the we can understand why we are the way we are.

  3. There is some truth to that. Truth that most would rather write off or sweep beneath the rug. Truth better off if addressed…. Admitted, then remedied…

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