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Charles Barkley Talks About Russell Wilson's Racial Criticism

Kaylin Neely | PopWrapped Author

Kaylin Neely

10/28/2014 1:50 am
PopWrapped | Current Events
Charles Barkley Talks About Russell Wilson's Racial Criticism | charles barkley
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TNT analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley is speaking up against Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's racially based criticism from his teammates. Barkley says, "When you are black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It's a dirty, dark secret, I'm glad it's coming out – it comes out about every two years – I wrote a big chapter in my book about it, to be honest with you. I say, you know, with young black kids, you know when they do well in school, the loser kids tell them, you are acting white. The kids that speak intelligently, they tell them, you are acting white. So it's a dirty, dark secret in the black community, one of the reasons we're never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. For some reason, we are brainwashed to think if you are not a thug or an idiot, you are not black enough. If you go to school, get good grades, speak intelligent, and don't break the law, you are not a good black person." This comes off a report from last week in which Wilson was criticized by his unnamed teammates as not "being black enough." Last week, Mike Freeman, a reporter and beat writer for the Bleacher Report wrote that the Seattle Seahawks traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets because he "was leading a race-related divide against quarterback Russell Wilson." Harvin's close friend and Seahawks teammate, Marshawn Lynch learned of the trade right before he was supposed to get on the team bus so the Seahawks could catch a flight to St. Louis. He reportedly "went off" and almost did not get on the bus. His agent says this is untrue. With that said, since this report has surfaced, players such as teammate Earl Thomas have come out to the media with fierce support of Wilson, calling the story, "an insult to our race." Freeman wrote: "There is also an element of race that needs to be discussed. My feeling on this—and it's backed up by several interviews with Seahawks players—is that some of the black players think Wilson isn't black enough."

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