I’ve always said, that as a white guy looking in, it was rather obvious to me that blacks in this country are essentially their own worst enemy.  And every now and again there’s someone who comes along that kind of agrees with me.  Take for example Colin Kaepernick’s outrageous accusation that the United States is a country that oppresses people of color.  And in using Kaepernick as our example, I think it’s worth talking about an interview that Charles Barkley recently gave to a local Philadelphia radio station.  Because it was during that interview that Barkley stated that “unintelligent,” “brainwashed” African-Americans, and not whites or cops, are the ones keeping successful blacks down.

Now apparently what started Barkley off in making his comments is the fact that he was posed a question on the radio show ‘Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis’ about a rumor that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was being accused by his teammates of not being “black enough.”   Barkley responded by saying, “Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re 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 may be coming out, but it’s not likely to amount to much.

He went on to say, “One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And 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. And it’s a dirty, dark secret.”  Barkley concluded by saying, “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.”

And really what he’s saying here is nothing new.  I’ve heard the same thing said by any number of prominent blacks, and yet those within the black community continue to ignore any advice intended to help, preferring instead to blame everything on whitey and the cops.  I guess it’s just easier to play the victim role than show even the smallest amount of personal responsibility.  Those trying to help are called Uncle Tom and business goes on as usual.  It’s just too much ‘work’ to do anything else. And let’s be honest, there are simply not enough black leaders saying this same thing.  And I’ve always thought it rather strange, even sad, that we have never really heard such a critique come from our first black president!

But sad fact is Barkley is absolutely correct, and there are many people who would actually agree with him.  But they seem to be pretty severely outnumbered by those who declare that what we REALLY need is to have a “dialogue” about racial issues, the translation of which is that they want to bash white people and the history of race in America without actually having to deal with any of the issues that Barkley is talking about.  Black people will never improve their social position until they can decide for themselves to address those issues that are so desperately in need of being addressed.  And quite frankly, I just don’t see that taking place any time soon.  Because there is no will to do it.  It’s all just too damn hard!

It’s the Democrats who perpetuate this sentiment by legitimizing every single harmful behavior and telling blacks they are right even when they so very clearly are not.  The result is that they never advance and they never recover, and are in an unbreakable cycle of dependency.  They continue to depend upon Democrats to keep supporting them.  But all they have done for the past fifty years is provide chin music and supportive lip service in exchange for their signatures in blood as a voting block.  And what the Democrat Party had managed to do is both diabolical in its brilliance, and has never been done before.  They have, over time, brainwashed an entire race of people into demanding slavery, as both an entitlement and as a right.

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