When you align with conservative values it doesn’t matter what your race, religion, or ethnicity is, the mainstream liberal media is going to attack you. It is an unfortunate reality we live with. Which is why it should not be shocking that conservative sports commentator Charles Barkley was recently labeled a white supremacist in relation to his comments on racial tensions in the United States.
The far left website The Root recently posted articles under the category Stupid Negroes where they castigated Barkley for his stance on taking down statues of people who belonged to the Confederacy. One of their writers Michael Harriet wrote a scathing article saying,
“Why won’t Charles Barkley shut the fuck up? Is there anyone who thinks that Barkley’s statements about race reveal anything other than his repeated willingness to throw black people under the bus for our stupid unwillingness to assimilate into whiteness. He is a true believer in the infallibility and superiority of whiteness. Because Charles Barkley is a white supremacist”
These comments came in retaliation for Barkley’s recent comments when the former Dream Team NBA star said,
“I think if you ask most black people to be honest, they ain’t thought a day in their life about those stupid statues. What we as black people need to do: we need to worry about getting our education, we need to stop killing each other, we need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity and things like that.”
— Rick Karle (@RickKarle) August 17, 2017
As well he said,
“What we as black people need to do, we need to worry about getting our education. We need to stop killing each other. We need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity and things like that. Those things are important and significant. I’m not gonna waste my time thinking about these Confederate statues. That’s wasted energy. You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna keep doing great things. I’m gonna keep trying to make a difference, number one in the black community, because I’m black, but I’m also gonna try to do good things in the world.
I’m not gonna waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what, and I’m not gonna waste my time … worrying about these statues they got all over the country.”
Harriot took the article to discuss how he felt that the basketball star and commentator was regurgitating solutions to systemic racism that are preferred by white people and that in doing so he is perpetuating the oppression of African American people. In the article he further says,
“Does anyone even listen to him at this point? Let’s set aside his basketball commentary for a minute (where I still find him to be the NBA’s most consistently entertaining and insightful commentator). Is there anyone who thinks that Barkley’s statements about race reveal anything other than his repeated willingness to throw black people under the bus for our stupid unwillingness to assimilate into whiteness?
Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m sure some educated, right-leaning Negro conservative has already jumped in the comment section typing in all italics (because a black Republican would never use all caps, like a savage) about how “black people are not a monolith” and something about questioning people’s blackness. But let’s be honest—we all have a friend, co-worker or cousin who believes that the white man’s ice is a few degrees colder, and no one exemplifies the black man’s subconscious acceptance of white superiority more than Barkley.
While that might sound a little benign, you must remember that Barkley only recently discovered racism after someone at TNT had the bright idea to let a man whose primary achievement in life was his uncanny ability to catch a basketball when someone else missed host a show about the intricacies of race in America. Unsurprisingly, Barkley, whose viewpoints consistently coincide with those of the oppressors of black America, decided that the best way to solve the race problem in America was to make a space on his national platform for white supremacist Richard Spencer.
Apparently, Barkley believes that black people aren’t worried about “getting our education.” He parrots the same perspective as white people who interrupt every black liberation argument with, “But what about black-on-black crime?” He obviously believes that black people miss out on economic opportunities because we are in the club “making it rain” or buying big rims for our shiny new cars.”
Here’s an important piece of advice: Whenever anyone begins a sentence with “What we as black people need to do is … ,” stop listening immediately. What is sure to follow will either be:
A platitude you can get from any corner barbershop like “Unite, and trust in Jesus”
Something very Hotepish that combines the wisdom of ancient Egypt with jailhouse logic
White-people solutions. You’ve heard white-people solutions before. “White-people solutions” are the Caucasian answers to all black problems: “White people circulate their dollar 120,333 times in the white community before it leaves their neighborhood.” “White people start reading to their kids when they are still a sperm.” “White people invest their money in stocks, pork futures and private prisons.””
The underlying dialogue here is very clear. Liberals are all about uplifting and promoting people of color but not if they have differing political opinions than them. Barkley is black but he is conservative which means they refuse to support him. They refuse to acknowledge he might have good ideas and that his ideas are worth listening to.
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