“I’m so disappointed in these men,” NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley said during a rant on a Steam Room podcast against racist and antisemitic comments made by black celebrities.
During the podcast, Barkley asked black celebrities, “DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Nick Cannon, Ice Cube—Man, what the hell are y’all doing?”
“Y’all want racial equality?” Barkley asked. “We all do. I don’t understand how insulting another group helps our cause.”
Barkley went off on the expectations of equality for blacks that black celebrities have for white people while disrespecting them in return, “We can’t allow black people to be prejudiced also. Especially if we’re asking for white folks to respect us, give us economic opportunity, and things like that,” Barkley said. “I’m so disappointed in these men, but I don’t understand how you beat hatred with more hatred.”
Townhall – DeSean Jackson, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, posted anti-Semitic posts attributed to Louis Farrakhan and Hitler on his Instragam. In defending that Jackson, another Jackson — Stephen Jackson, the former NBA player — said DeSean was simply “speaking the truth.” Both Jacksons have since apologized.
“I don’t understand how you beat hatred with more hatred.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 17, 2020
Nick Cannon, the actor, and TV host, said a bunch of racist things about white people and Jews in a recent podcast that sparked widespread controversy. ViacomCBS eventually fired Cannon, but not for being racist against whites, just jews.
.@FOXTV can't pull the plug one week on Farrakhan for his vile hatred of Americans and Jews but stay silent the next when one of their presenters @NickCannon indulges in the very same hatred!@AmericansAA calls on FOX to
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) July 13, 2020
Ice Cube was similarly accused of anti-Semitism after the rapper tweeted an image that many consider to be anti-Semitic.
FUCK THE NEW NORMAL UNTIL THEY FIX THE OLD NORMAL! pic.twitter.com/wNN3uwOb4K
— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 6, 2020
Barkley wants to know how black people fighting for so-called racial equality benefit in any way by hating other racial groups.
The outspoken Charles Barkley also spoke out on the NBA’s decision to allow social justice messages on their jerseys.
BET reports – “We are in a divided country. Sports used to be a place where fans could go and get away from reality. Now it’s such a mixture. It’s going to be fascinating watching what happens with the fans. Fans are at a disadvantage, they’re going through the pandemic. They don’t want to see a bunch of rich people talking about stuff all the time. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer.”
Barkley also added, “People lost jobs and the last thing they want to do is turn on the television to hear arguments about stuff all the time. It’s going to be very interesting to see how the public reacts.”
Barkley appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch to share his thoughts on what the NBA has been doing to address the problems of racial equality and justice that have been hounding the country. The league will allow players to wear pre-approved statements and words on their jerseys.
“What’s happening now is we’re turning into a circus,” Barkley said Friday on
“Instead of talking about racial equality, racial justice and economic justice, we spend all our time worrying about who’s kneeling and not kneeling, what things are being said on buses, what’s being said on jerseys. I think we’re missing the point
According to Charles Barkley, these initiatives by the NBA might turn into a “circus.” For him, time should be spent on discussing possible reforms than that’s on a player’s jersey.
“We need police reform, prison reform. Those are No. 1 and No. 2 things to focus on. We need the cops, good cops out there policing bad cops …. When we spend time focusing on what’s on the jersey, that’s gonna defeat purpose. My concern is this is turning into a circus instead of trying to do some good stuff.