“I Stick By What I Said”: Charles Barkley Defends Comments About “Unintelligent” Blacks Holding Back Successful Blacks

October 28, 2014  |  

Despite the criticism Charles Barkley received for publicly saying that there are way too many “unintelligent” Black people who criticize “intelligent” ones because they have success, he told Vibe that he’s sticking to his statements. He made such comments when speaking on people criticizing Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson for not being “Black enough.”

In case you missed it, this is what Barkley said in an interview on “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis”:

“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.

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 … It’s just typical B.S. that goes on when you’re Black, man.”

When speaking to Vibe yesterday at luncheon for TNT’s “Inside The NBA Show,” Barkley stood by his comments and reiterated why people’s criticism of Wilson was ignorant.

“One of the reasons why we as black people aren’t successful is because of other black people. There’s a stigma that when you’re doing well in school, you’re ‘acting white,’ or when you speak correct, you’re ‘acting white,’ that’s bulls**t. You’re supposed to speak intelligent, you’re supposed to do well in school, and when blacks denigrate other blacks who are doing well, that’s part of the problem.

Just because Russell Wilson is not a gangbanger, not a thug, that doesn’t mean he’s not black enough. He doesn’t go to clubs but that doesn’t make him not black.”

Barkley also admitted to Vibe that such an issue is something that people of all races and backgrounds can relate to, not just black folks.

“I’m learning my Hispanic friends went through the exact same thing. A Native American friend of mine went through the same thing. When he went away to college, [people said] ‘Oh you don’t want to be part of the tribe anymore.'”

What did you honestly think of Barkley’s statements? Was he wrong or speaking the truth that folks don’t want to hear?

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