*Charles Barkley, the journalist? Huh? Who knew?
Well, we wouldn’t put him all the way into that category, but the ex-NBA star and current studio analyst for TNT’s “Inside the NBA” has sat down with President Obama.
*(Via Huffington Post) – Since the 1960s, America has gone through a number of topical changes in its cultural makeup. Over the last 50 years we have seen everything from the election of the nation’s first Black President, to a Black woman named Oprah attaining the status of billionaire. Yet, we stand at a place where the anomaly does little to explain the mass reality of a Black America that has digressed by nearly every major indicator over that same period. Financial stability, incarceration rate, social structure, moral commitment, we have lost path and direction no matter the category you identify. To put this in context, according to DiversityInc.com
The wealth of Black households is a statistic not even compiled until 1984. At that point, Black families had about 9 percent of the wealth of white households. This financial gap has not only widened in the past 30 years, but the wealth of Black households has shrunk from just over $7,000 to roughly $6,400. White families have seen their wealth increase from $82,000 to more than $91,000 in that same time period, or more than $14,000 for every $1,000 of wealth Black families have. Dr. King’s Dream Failing?
Earlier this month Matt Barnes upon being ejected from a game tweeted:
The tweet was then supported by statements by Charles Barkley on TNT, narrowly defining a validation for the use of the word (Ni**a). Note: A word that I feel should be stricken from the English language and American culture due to it resonating an echo of an ugly history of slavery, lynchings, rape and dehumanization.
On TNT Barkley stated “Matt Barnes there is no apology needed. I’m a black man. I use the N-word. I will continue to use the N-word with my black friends, with my white friends. They are my friends. In a locker room and when I’m with my friends we use racial slurs…” Charles Barkley continues on TNT by saying “This national debate that’s going on right now makes me uncomfortable,”
This article by Antonio Moore continues at The Huffington Post
*I’ve often wondered how old white racists cope with the world we live in today.
A world where the POTUS is Black, and the white mayor-elect of NYC is married to a black woman; where anybody can sit at the front of the bus, everybody drinks from the same water fountain and where children attend the same schools regardless of race.
Although you can’t look at people and know what’s in their hearts when an old white person at the grocery store refuses the incidental touch that comes with passing my change to me at the register and instead places the money on the counter for me to pick up or won’t look me in the eye and part their lips to say “thank you” when I hold open a door for them to keep it from smacking them in the face, I can’t help but ponder if this person is an old racist dealing with their new reality.
Some self professed former racists have had a change of heart – to their credit. But for others, Oprah Winfrey said eventually they will just have to die (http://www.eurweb.com/?s=Oprah+old+racists) because they probably are too set in their ways to change.
Yet here we are more than 45 years after Jim Crow, the latest era of openly accepted racial discrimination in America, and we find out that some black people allow themselves to be called the N-word – as a term of endearment – by certain white people. Charles Barkley’s commentary (http://www.eurweb.com/?s=Charles+Barkley) on a recent sports show admitted he is okay with white teammates calling black players N*gger in the locker room.
His comments came after LA Clippers player Matt Barnes tweeted the N-word after he was ejected from a basketball game defending teammate Blake Griffith. Barkley said he uses the N-word with and is called the N-word by his black and his white friends. And he doesn’t think it’s a problem as long as it’s done in private.
“Sometimes it’s homophobic, sometimes it’s sexist and a lot of times it’s racist” talk that goes on in the locker room, according to Barkley. But he said it’s not personal. Shaquille O’Neal as much as co-signed on what Barkley said. Kenny Anderson wasn’t there to comment.
While I agree with Barkley when he said the media should not dictate how black people interact with each other, I don’t have any friends, black or white, that I allow to call me anything other than my given name. And that’s not because somebody said I shouldn’t. That’s just the way it is. Even when some white co-workers who happen to be men call me “girl” – as in ‘Hey, girl! How’s it’s going?” – I feel as if he’s trying to disrespect me on the sly, replacing N*gger with girl. I’m okay with other women calling me girl as long as we already know each other. Call me crazy, but like Future, I’m just being honest. And I digress.
Okay, so a group of black people feel comfortable enough with each other to let the word flow freely amongst themselves. But who are these white “friends” who feel entitled to use N*gger as a term of endearment? I don’t know any people like that and don’t want to know them. And for the record I’m not someone who would allow it. If you can’t say it in mixed company chances are it’s not something that should be said at all.
If old white racists know this is going on they’re probably smiling on the inside at the thought of being able to hurl the n-word at black people without repercussion.
Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. For questions, comments or speaking inquiries email her at email@example.com.
And why is that you ask? Because, during a discussion on TNT post game show Thursday night, while discussing the Matt Barnes’ Tweet of the N-word, the two ex-ballers turned NBA analysts admitted they use the word and didn’t have a problem with Barnes or even Richie Incognito for that matter, using the word … in the locker room that is.
Well, as you can guess, Mr. Towery isn’t cool with the word and is really, really miffed at Barkley & Shaq:
I just watched NBA (on TNT Thursday night) and was appalled to hear Charles Barkley and Shaquille Oneal say that it was okay to use the “N” word on national television.
It was so crazy. I just sat there looking at the television dumbfounded. I could not believe the words that were coming out of Charles mouth. He said it with purpose.
He said it with conviction. My soul sunk and a heaviness began to fill my heart as Charles talked for nearly ten minutes extolling the virtues of Black men and even white men (if they are friends) to use the “N” word in the locker room or when they are just simply hanging out being guys. Shaq became his amen corner.
All felt lost.
Then a ray of truth appeared. A light in the form of one Isiah Thomas. His statement was eloquent and showed just how trivial, jaded and out of the loop many of our so-called super star athletes have become. Mr. Thomas stated in his own words why using the “N” word was wrong and he did it in such an amazing way that I am urging you to find a way to see what was said by all parties in this debate during tonight’s broadcast. All I can say is I am very proud of Isiah Thomas.
Shaq and Charles, you both need to get a reality check. What do you call your children, your mom and your dad? Really?! Do you call them the “N” word as a term of endearment?!….. Ump! I don’t care who you are people. “Respect the Sacrifices of Your Ancestors, Your family members and friends – Don’t Use The “N” Word.
If you didn’t see Barkely and O’Neal’s comments, watch below. In the meantime, you can feedback to Glenn Towery via Millions13@gmail.com.
Some celebrity endorsements make perfect sense.
For instance, you expect to see a beautiful star like Angelina Jolie being the face of a luxury brand like Louis Vuitton.
But then there are those product and celebrity pairings that are just a little outside of the box:
For a while in 2011, Charlie Sheen was a tweeting human train wreck. His antics in the old days would have made him untouchable. Today, however, his “tiger blood” and “winning” rants have made him a high-profile celeb. So it probably shouldn’t have been surprising that Fiat decided to choose Sheen to sell its new “bad boy” Abarth model. Not only was Sheen in the news a lot at the time, but the star is also a hyperactive tweeter who reaches millions of followers on pretty much a daily basis.
At first, hip singer Alicia Keys may seem like an odd spokesperson for BlackBerry. But the line, which has long been famous for being a businessperson’s phone, is trying to broaden its appeal. Keys, who enjoys a great crossover appeal, will definitely be helpful in the product’s re-branding efforts. She is not just popular with BlackBerry’s current corporate-type users, but also with the younger generation who like to tweet and use social media. If the Keys campaign works, don’t be surprised to see cool Blackberry cell phones replacing many iPhone and Android devices.
A-list stars typically don’t hawk products in the U.S. It’s almost as if by doing so, a big celeb will cheapen his image. However, these same A-listers don’t have a problem lending their names or images to products in Asia or Europe. Take Leonardo DiCaprio, for example. While you probably won’t see his face endorsing products in the U.S. any time soon, Leo is proudly shilling Jim Beam bourbon in Japan.
In his youth, Brad Pitt was sometimes referred to as a pretty boy. Yet, it still seems a little strange that Chanel chose Brad Pitt as the spokesperson for its iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume for women. However, the move is actually quite a savvy one. For one thing, Pitt is basically a two-for-one. Who doesn’t immediately think of his wife, stunning Angelina Jolie, whenever Pitt’s name is mentioned? For another thing, Pitt is still one of the hottest actors walking the planet today, which makes him the perfect bait for attracting women to the perfume.
Until b-baller Charles Barkley came along, the typical Weight Watchers celebrity spokesperson had been a woman. Not surprisingly, the controversial Barkley has been an interesting match for the diet program. He has worn a dress for one commercial and was overheard dissing Weight Watchers while commenting on air during a basketball game. Again, it seems that any press is good press these days.
At first, the slow-talking, counterculture king of rap may seem a strange pitchman for pistachios. Typically, rappers have hawked edgier products, but the advertisement has a sly druggie overtone that fits pistachio’s current nutty “Get Crackin” campaign. Other recent “spokespeople” for the nuts have included a crazy honey badger and Psy, the Korean “Gangnam Style” singer. Obviously, the little green nuts are trying to raise their awareness within the younger generation with these off-the-wall, not-ready-for-network-TV ads.
*Charles Barkley is sorta kinda walking back his comments on the George Zimmerman verdict which he thought was “fair.”
Friday on CNN, while speaking with Erin Burnette, Barkley said he’s still saying that he “agrees” with the verdict based on the evidence in the case. However, he stressed that he thinks Zimmerman was “wrong” for “racially profiling” Trayvon Martin.
“I think Mr. Zimmerman was racially profiling Trayvon Martin,” Barkley told Burnett. “He was wrong in that. I think he was over-aggressive. But I think at some point, they switched places and Mr. Martin was aggressive.”
The NBA commentator/analyst and former player said he came to the conclusion that “on the evidence alone, the verdict was fair.” He said Zimmerman “was wrong for racially profiling Trayvon Martin. He was wrong for following Trayvon Martin.”
When asked if race played a role, Barkley would only say that “race played a factor in Mr. Zimmerman’s mind.” But he also said, based on the evidence alone, “I can’t disagree with the verdict.”