The big homie Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Confucius jumped out of the whip sittin’ in front of the pool hall and said, “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” Then Oscar Wilde put his square down and shouted, “By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.”
Well playas…journalism definitely keeps us in touch with the uneducated every time they ask Charles Barkley his opinions on the subject of race in this country. Over the past 72 hours several major news outlets have asked this dun his opinion of Cam Newton headin’ into Super Bowl 50. He was on ESPN’s Dan LeBatard Show on Thursday and actually said out of his OWN mouth that he hates that Cam turned this thing into a black vs. white issue when he brought up the fact that he was an African American quarterback that people are afraid of. This dun actually said out loud that people wouldn’t be talkin’ about the issue of race had he not brought it up. Insert Spongebob eye blink sound effect right here bruh. He then goes on to say that he believes that there are some people who may not like him because he’s black but there is no proof of that. What!!!?
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! This “IS” Charles Barkley that we’re talkin’ about playboy! This is the same dun that tried to tell us last year in an article entitled “Up From Leeds” that he grew up in Leeds just outside of Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960’s and ‘70’s and he didn’t experience any racism? He tells us that his grandmother had to walk him to school in the mornings with a gun in her purse to make sure that nobody bothered him. However, he wasn’t affected by racism growin’ up. This clown goes on to say that black folks in Leeds lived on one side of the train tracks and the white folks lived on the other side and that today it’s still pretty much the same way. But racism didn’t exist in Leeds bruh.
Here’s the problem playa, Charles has been rich for more than 30 years and he’s lost his freakin’ mind and his memory. This is the same cat that was asked about racial profilin’ and he said that it does occur and sometimes it isn’t a bad thing. This fool said, “We, as black people, we got crooks…There’s a reason they racially profile us at times. Sometimes it’s wrong, but sometimes it’s right.” Like white folks don’t have crooks too. Do you see the pattern of this foolishness? Charles has become the black dude that some racist white folks will parade around to speak on issues of race because he’s goin to say what they really wanna say but if he says it he validates their opinions. He and Stacy Dash need to become a couple. Did you hear the foolishness that she came up with when boyz got upset about the Oscar nominations? Maybe Chuck needs to leave TNT and go to Fox full time with ole girl.
For him to say that he believes that “some” people may not like Cam because he’s black but we don’t have any proof is merely proof that he’s completely out of touch. All he’s gotta do is get out of the 20th century and get online, which he refuses to do. Just join the world of social media for one day bruh! Search Cam Newton on Twitter and look at the duns chirpin’ his way callin’ him EVERY N-word in the book. That’s your proof right there pimpin’! That’s if you’re so ignorant and out of touch that you actually NEEDED proof.
Did I mention that fact that he told Dan LeBatard that we shouldn’t even be talkin’ about race in sports because there are more important issues of race to be discussed outside of sports like cops killin’ boyz and the situation in Flint? Hey Chuck? The same attitude that creates the situation of cops killin’ unarmed blacks and a city full of black people gettin’ lead polluted water is the same attitude that causes folks to hate Cam Newton for playin’ the game of football with his personality.
Folks didn’t hate Bill Romanowski and he was the dirtiest football player to EVER live. Boyz don’t hate Gronk and he’s a complete meathead. But Charles is tryin’ to tell us that Cam is the reason why people are bringin’ up race durin’ this Super Bowl hype. Not the fact that racist people are voicing’ their opinions about him all over social media.
Chuck wants the mainstream to accept him so bad that he’s shuckin’ and jivin’ all the way to the bank! He played in the NBA back in the day. This same foolishness was goin’ on then. When the Showtime Lakers were in constant battles with the Boston Celtics for championships it was black vs. white and boyz were pickin’ sides then. The Lakers were flamboyant and in your face led by this black dude that was smilin’ all of the time and the Celtics were led by the All-American white boy. We’ve been dealin’ with this foolishness for years. So now you wanna act like folks weren’t thinkin’ about race when they’re hollerin’ all types of racial epithets at Cam for scorin’ touchdowns and celebratin’ all season? You’ve got to be insane.
Barkley has become the new age Minstrel Show and he doesn’t even know it. He’s out here lampoonin’ black folks as dim-witted, lazy and buffoonish to get more shine in the media. Here’s the problem, he’s got a platform and he doesn’t have the wherewithal to understand how to use it. So the very cats that keep askin’ him questions about race knows that he doesn’t know any better so they’re usin’ him to make their invalid points to people that think just like they do. He may as well put on the “black-face” and dance round for these duns at a circus. That’s real talk!
Now I will give Dan LeBatard major props because he was tryin’ to pull that dun off of the roof as he was talkin’ crazy but Charles kept pullin’ back the other way. So Dan just let him crash and burn. By the way The LeBatard Show is the best joint on radio bruh! Check that dun out if you want some real sports talk. At least he keeps it real for a boy.
I’ll leave you with the words of Chanakya, the ancient Indian philosopher, “The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end, nor protects it from the bites of insects.” Stop me when I start lyin’!
1) Whip: noun – luxury vehicle
2) Square: noun – cigarette
3) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.