Charles Barkley Says He Doesn’t Know If Slavery Was Really All That Bad


Charles Barkley Says He Doesn’t Know If Slavery Was Really All That Bad

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NBA Hall of Famer and current basketball analyst Charles Barkley had a discussion about race, Ferguson and Eric Garner with colleague Kenny Smith on Inside the NBA Thursday night. Barkley had taken a lot of heat recently over his comments during a CNN interview regarding the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions. He also gave his take on the Ferguson protests, calling some of the protesters “scumbags.” Smith, another former NBA player, responded to Barkley’s remarks with an open letter that was published by USA Today.

Smith refuted Barkley’s comments about the black community and Chuck’s insistence that the grand juries got it right in both cases. He also let Barkley know that, while he has the right to his opinion, he shouldn’t be seen as an ‘expert’ when it comes to political and social issues. (Smith also hinted at Barkley’s own run-ins with the law over the years.) Due to the letter and Barkley’s interview, it was a given that the Turner Broadcasting heads would have the show begin with a segment where the two aired out their grievances.

For the most part, the two just talked past each other, sticking to their positions and bringing nothing new to the table that wasn’t already known from their public statements. However, there was one bit that really stuck out. While Barkley was talking, he brought up slavery and its impact within the black community. He made the following statement:

“The only problem I had with Kenny’s, umm,  open letter was, umm, I don’t think anytime something bad happens in the black community we have to talk about slavery. Listen, slavery is, uh, well, I shouldn’t say one of the worst things ever, because I don’t know anything about it other than what I read or what my grandmother told me.”

Below is video of the entire segment, courtesy of YouTube user backone. Barkley’s remarks appear around the 2-minute mark.

 

 

The thing with Barkley is he is sort of the go-to person for the mainstream media when it comes to discussions on social issues, particularly race-related ones, due to his contrarian nature. They love his ‘tell it like it is style.’ However, as he clearly pointed out when he was talking about slavery, he really doesn’t bother to be knowledgeable about the topics he speaks on. He just gives his unfounded opinion on something, based solely on his mood that day, and people all across the ideological spectrum love him for it because of his ‘honesty.’

Greg Howard, an African-American writer at Deadspin, had the perfect take on Barkley regarding the basketball legend’s opinions on hard-hitting social matters and why they don’t matter.

This conversation is over; there is not debate to be had about the killing of Eric Garner, and there really isn’t one to be had on the degradation, imprisonment, and systemic murder of minorities. It is a system of control, a machine, doing the work it was designed to do. Those who blame its workings on its victims, invoking black pathologies and enumerating all the ways in which black people need to become better and more moral to earn the right to complain about being killed without their killers even facing any consequences, are engaging in an old, tired respectability politics. They don’t know what the f*ck they’re talking about.

Charles Barkley does not know what the f*ck he’s talking about.

And really, that’s no great sin. The sin lies with the media who book him for pre-taped interviews, who see the American justice system perfectly fail the people it never was intended to protect and say, “Where’s Chuck?”

The sin is not in talking without knowing what it is you’re talking about, but in seeking out someone who doesn’t know what he’s talking about with a camera and a microphone, as if what he had to say mattered, or as if him offering his hard truths could deliver a kind of absolution. In giving Barkley and those like him a platform out of some sense of fairness, some sense that the natural counter to a fully justified rage is a lecture about how bad things happen when you don’t submit to an arbitrary authority, some sense that there are hard truths that need to be spoken about how the problem with black people is black people, the media is allowing for the possibility that, maybe, Garner’s video doesn’t tell the whole story. Maybe you didn’t see what you saw, and by extension, black and brown men and women really are somehow to blame for their deaths. Maybe the solution to the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and hundreds of years of state-sanctioned genocide is to just sit down with an old basketball player and talk a little bit more about all the ways in which black people are in the wrong.

Exactly. In the media’s constant quest to find debatable points of view or ‘hot takes,’ Barkley’s contrarianism and willful ignorance will always be sought out. He may be good for a sound bite and make viewers laugh while playing the clown as he talks about basketball, but it needs to constantly be pointed out that when it comes to socially relevant issues, Barkley usually has no earthly clue what he is talking about. Mainstream media figures do everyone a great disservice by treating him like a legitimate political commentator.

154 Responses to "Charles Barkley Says He Doesn’t Know If Slavery Was Really All That Bad"

  1. Betty Lyons   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Then. . .who needs to be sought out to deliver the ten
    commandments of justice for black people. . .fir this
    country? Where are the senators and public figures who
    want President Obama’s job when election time was in full force? This time of civil unrest is the time to do
    campaign stump speeches for the betterment of this COUNTRY. Why Charles Barkley? Anyone and EVERYONE has
    opinions. . .do they matter? Yes, the opinions whether
    politically correct or educationally sound do matter to the masses who feel injustice. The many family members who are losing loveones…its a feeling of lost that goes back to the Auction blocks where slaves were systematically taken away from their families. It was a time where there was non-existent justice for black people who were considered inhumane. How far we’ve come? Is that a question that implicates that HISTORY is REPEATING ITSELF? Some opinions say “YES”. SOME say,
    “Why don’t black people get over it? Slavery is over!”
    Is it? Death still rides.

    • Monica Mahan   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:38 am

      Well said!!! Bravo!!! Now go slap Charles Barkley with some knowledge… Write that ignorant f**k an open letter of education please…!!!

    • jakerb   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      are you people stupid? he was ABOUT to say it was the worst thing ever, and then backtracked to say “I won’t say that because I don’t know, I wasn’t there.” the guy was LITERALY saying that slavery was just about the worst thing ever. but you dipshits cant think for yourselves or actually read an article can you?

      • Richard G.   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:08 am

        ..and what of his conclusions that the police were right in the Garner, and Ferguson cases . . “dipshit”?

        • Elliot   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

          he said that in the Brown case they probably got it right, based on the evidence he saw in the grand jury testimony. In the Garner case, he said that the evidence he saw led him to believe that a case for manslaughter or a similar charge could probably be made, but ruling it a homicide was out of the question for a jury to indict. Going for a murder charge was the wrong move (and he is right, obviously, based on the unwillingness to indict based on that charge). Both cases, he said, were tragedies.

    • Olivia Simmons Carter   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Why should Charles Barkley speak at all? The man can’t finish an intelligent sentence about Basketball and that was his profession. What makes them think he can speak on behalf of anyone of color? One thing is for sure Charles, you may not think Slavery was all that bad but, I can promise you, you would have been a field******!!

    • john zion   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Kenny smith, why do you just kiss Barkley ass? Did he rape you last night you sellout? Coward

    • Elliot   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Umm, Barkley said he can’t say slavery is the worst thing ever because, based on inference from what he’s saying, he only has 2nd hand knowledge of the situation and is not an academic on the topic. That’s his own acknowledgement.

      Barkley’s judgement is based on the evidence that he has 1st hand knowledge of, and is intellectually honest about his judgement. He judges individuals and individual situations based on the individual basis. Everyone on that panel agreed that it was important to be able to distinguish race issues from individual cases and the tragedy that accompanies them.

      The point of contention was that Kenny believed that Charles was glossing over or was ignorant of the socio-economic conditions that lead people to act out in the way they do. Charles is just saying everyone is aware of the disparity, but black people can’t compound their issues by making themselves a part of the judicial system and being adversarial with law enforcement.

      That’s my take.

    • Kharla Gordon   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      First of all Charles Barkley do not deserve to be called an African American. Let the White people have this HOUSE NIGGER back. In the words of Malcom X, when the white man house catches fire Charles Barkley will say look master our house is on fire. When the white man suffers any kind of pain, Charles Barkley will say where we hurtin at boss. Ann when the white slave master says he is hungry, Charles Barkley will say what we gone eat master. Charles Barkley need to take some time and educate himself about slavery then maybe he will have some right to comment on why African Americans are tired ,frustrsted, picked on, ignored, whic lead them to act the way they do.

      • Anonymous   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

        Who gives you the authority to denote who is African American? Because his opinions don’t correlate with your own? He waa clearly indicating that slavery was a horrendous institutions, BUT was making it clear that sense he wasn’t there, he can’t give a complete judgement. His opinions on the Brown and Garner cases are legitimate. Based on facts, his opinions of judicially correct. Whether you wish to assume something happened because of race is your prerogative, but he’s not a bad individual for not wanting to look at it through that lenses.

        • Gino Carlos   Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 9:59 am

          I would say based on the SO Freaking obvious facts Those motherf*ckers should’vre gone to trial, then and only then a jury of their peers and a judge would find them not guilty if that’s what it woud’ve came up to, just like theZimmerman case. you people are freaking idiots, changing the laws any time they feel like it.

  2. Betty Lyons   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I,Betty Lyons have alot on my mind. I’m 65 years of age. I’ve lived through poverty into being the first
    college legacy for my family. Thus, resulting into
    over 20 college graduates have emerged since I took my
    first walk of academia. What I knowcand don’t know is
    totally irrelevant here. Mainly, it’s my experiences
    that I’ve endured that speaks for justice and injustice
    unjustified in the appearance of “DEATH” to young black
    males. As the appearance of acceptance waived after the civil rights movement, it was evident in my experiences that moments of tension was evolving as more and more blacks became educated and somewhat equal to others. As
    time has stood in the ghostly facade of electing the first black President of which my blind father who could not see at the time did not believe it to be possible. AND YET. . .He is there TODAY his administration has certainly not treated him as equal.
    Experiences are what they are…tensions of intense moods that falter mishaps in justice

  3. Di   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    If Charles Barkley doesn’t know much about slavery, he probably doesn’t know much about anything else that has to do with the Black race or any race for that matter. Perhaps he should do us all a favor and stop giving his opinion on matters he knows nothing about. Then he won’t come across as sounding like a fool. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to speak out and remove all doubt.”

    • Mina   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Amen,,Why should Charles Barkley speak on something he knows nothing about he likes to do that all the time.

    • Gracie   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Di, your response is spot on!!! Nothing else needs to be said. Great post!

    • Gino Carlos   Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Idiots like him become a tool for conservative medias and uses him to show that they’ve been right all along about what they think about blacks. Barcley becomes their Uncle Tom. Someone should shut him up for good, That A**hole!

  4. JZ   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    OK, Charles, let’s find out: try it for one year and let us know how it works for you. Then, maybe, you’ll have a right to make comments about it.

    • Marina   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Not only should he try it for a year, he should drag his ugly wife along. See how long she and he would last

  5. doraglasberg   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    He’s John McCain in blackface

    • Chris   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      John McCain is a war hero that fought for freedom. And endured more horror in a POW CAMP then you could ever dream about. I don’t care if you don’t agree with his policies that’s your prerogative but learn the facts before you start spouting off some ignorant shit

      • Siddiq   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 12:52 pm

        wow! Here we are talking about being educated and knowledgeable and you make a statement like this. I spent 6 years in the Marine Corp and I am pissed at John McCain to say the least for his actions in Vietnam. Let me tell you Chris ,John is no war hero. He gave up information that got many soldIers killed. Many Pow’s that returned home call him a traitor. Chris please do your research. Both Republicans and Democrats alike speak about how John had the records sealed so he wouldn’t be exposed. They actually have him on tape confessing. Not to mention it is said that he was never tortured ,one because he kept singing and two because of his father and grandfather high ranks in the Navy. So before you go on calling someone a war hero please do your research first so you don’t sound stupid. You can start by viewing a you tube video, John McCain the traitor

      • Siddiq   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

        Forgot to mention how is that for learning the FACTS before sprouting off with some ignorant shit!!!

      • H.Stewart   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

        What exactly did John McCain do to qualify as a hero. Disobeyed orders, got shot down and was treated to VIP treatment while in captivity. He has been on the wrong side of every human rights issue for the last fifty years. In addition he was willing to let Sarah Pallin be one heart beat from being the leader of the free world. John Wayne was more a hero than John McCain. Don’t believe the hype.
        I forgot you are probably of the school ” who you gonna believe me or your lying eyes”. Open your eyes.

      • Gino Carlos   Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 10:13 am

        I aggree that Barkley is McCain with a balck face. But the difference is, McCain’s case is worse, because all he wants to do is declare war to every other country that doesn’t aggree with the US. It doesn’t care about the results nor the effects, Just send the troops, send our kids to a carnage, even if it’d cost us TRILLIONS of dollars. I think he’s a freaking War monger, not a War hero like you may want to think. Barkley, we can always tell him to go in the corner and take time out.

  6. victor Haynes   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Charles is a fool, that’s why Oakley say he is a fake tough guy,Charles threw a man out a window in Cleveland, has a gambling problem and is not a spokesman for blacks

  7. Derek   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Charles Barkley has every right to state his opinion. And I think his grandmother taught him exactly right. I still don’t agree with him about Mr Garners case. I believe majority America feels someone should account for his death. Also, talking about race is good if we keep it clean and respectful. Just because you don’t agree doesn’t make him wrong.

    • Tynnetta   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Dear Derek,

      He has a right to his opinion and people have a right to respond. Some of the things he’s saying are factually incorrect which makes him wrong. He clearly doesn’t understand the difference between a trial and a grand jury hearing. If he doesn’t know about slavery because he wasn’t there, then surely he doesn’t know about the Eric Garner case, the Trayvon Martin case or anything else he wasn’t directly involved in. He’s freakin’ nut and I think people interview him to show the world how ignorant he is. I think they are laughing at him and I feel bad for him.

      • Ciara   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 9:25 am

        Why? Were Eric Gartner & Tray VonMartin slaves?

        • H.Stewart   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

          Ciara,
          He was not there, Einstein

    • James   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      that’s the problem we have now, voicing opinions void of knowledge!

  8. David T.   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Charles Barkley is an ignorant uncle Tom-ass N**** who simply needs to keep his mouth shut especially since he has no idea of what he’s talking about,he is making a fool out of himself and the media are sitting back laughing at his “DUMB-ASS”

    • Jerica Mitchell   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      He is a bully! He listened to his Grandmother and heard probably a portion of what she said. Back then, the older folks did not want to tell the kids the awful truth, because they thought they were protecting them. Shameful that he says he does not know only what he has read and what his grandmother told him. I am sure he has experienced racism in his life, “Especially since he is from Alabama”! Ignorance of History is no excuse. Read, Educate, Re-Read and Re-Educate yourself Mr. Barkley.

  9. keith   Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    fool try reading a history book(if you can)watch PBS sometime,we have the internet now,no reason for anyone to be ignorant,least of all a Black man from the south!

  10. mack   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    charles lost his dam mind, white folks been putting a foot to charles ass so long he thinks it’s all good, any nigger that think slavery was good for black folks lost his DAM MIND

  11. Kayla raines   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Charles shut yo ass up!

  12. Elwin Edmonson   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I would like to know why was he sweating so much during that interview?

    • Gino Carlos   Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 10:35 am

      That’s what happen when you know you’re talking shit, you get nervous and you start sweating. It’s almost like lying while taking a lie detector test.

  13. DONNETTA WILLIAMS   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:01 am

    This MF can’t be serious? You don’t have to actually live through something to now how it must have felt, how it influenced a society, and degraded a race of people which has led to the bias and prejudices of how persons are mistreated because of the color of their skin.He just acting a damn fool right about now. I have no respect for this Negro! He need to sit his ass down somewhere!

    • sosab0012   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      I agree however,I just wonder how much do we really know about the his of African-American in America this is the subject we face today. True history revealed facts from a very different perspective,like what was the real reason black people were under slavery and bondage in America? Why were black people brought to America if they were good for nothing? This would be hard to understand from any perspective,when seeking the truth,we should be careful to not fall short by not going far enough to make a connection as to why and how the history of the US and slavery was brought to the shores of America and where we are today. So if you want to know how black people got to America. Its true that millions of African people where brought here through bondage and enslavement.what they claimed was the African slave trade was in fact no more then the regular commerce routes that were used by the royals of the land. (Con’t).

  14. Sharan   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:03 am

    We all know he’s dumb as all hell. But it is his opinion. Unfortunately for him, we all get to witness his uneducated backwoods way of thinking and self hatred. No one is claiming a victim role here. This has been going on for decades. Whether he or anyone else cares to acknowledge it or not.

  15. JacquelynMarie   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Mental Enslavement, all three of them, if you ask me! So afraid to Stand up Strong For their own rights! Sad to witness! Thank God for our Civil Rights Movement and leaders like, Dr. KING, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Nelson Mandela, and the magnificent Harriet Tubman! If we had leaders like CB, KS and Shaq back then; We would still be slaves!

    • Cornelius ellis   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Sister you rip them.

  16. Cornelius ellis   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:25 am

    When you talk with a fool ordebate with him you become as he is you are pathetic.

  17. Carlita   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Boycott his show until they shut him up. A couple games won’t kill you. But allowing ignoramus to continue to spread his uninformed opinion is despicable.

  18. mscynt   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:30 am

    He needs to learn more about the history of our people. I am sure that his grandmother did the best she could. He really out of touch with reality because of his economic status. I hope that he will become better educated about the topics that he chooses to comment on. The grand jury was spoon fed information to guarantee the outcome desired by the DA. If he had really studied the Ferguson case he would have known that. But I don’t think it would have changed his opinion.

  19. Williams   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Coon- tah, go have a seat.

  20. mj   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 2:44 am

    This right here is the willy lynch letter in full bloom young against the old dark against light short against tall more against less..why for one second would u think that a station ran by the same people killng us would air anything but ignorance to further belittle a race they are trying to erase I’m no racist my son is mixed but its obvious that this is a situation the cops gov. N media are all working together to downplay wat better way than to hav a ignorant non articulate ass mf like chic to giv analysis on it he doesn’t even speak well when it comes to NBA subjects y don’t they interview a few naacp leader or lawyers or political bodies from the active black community after all chuck is a puppet w no opinion that’s genuinely his own

  21. victor   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Listen Uncle ” Charles ” Tom is trying to stay relevant. He knows blacks view him as a championship-less basketball loser. And when you give a clown, a national arena. You then become part of his citizen circus. He’s just looking for a BIGGER pay day on FOX 25. His own wife is calling him a SELLOUT. And she’s Carcassonne….. LOL

  22. Miguel Perez   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Whoever wrote this article should be ashamed. Look at your headline: “Charles Barkley Says He Doesn’t Know If Slavery Was Really All That Bad”… Meaning ‘Charles Barkley Says Slavery Wasn’t that Bad.’
    You KNOW that’s not what he meant.
    I don’t agree with Barkley and I think he’s dead wrong in regards to the Ferguson case. That being said, you are just as bad as the media outlets you are criticizing by putting up a headline like that. I WATCHED this segment live on TNT. To put a headline like that, completely out of context, is IRRESPONSIBLE. You are demonizing him, further polarizing the debate. He may be wrong on the case, but the reason he said he doesn’t know how bad slavery was is because HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW BAD SLAVERY WAS. He never lived it. Perhaps his grandmother did. SHE REALLY KNOWS. He is just humbling himself, saying that people like her REALLY know how bad it was, but NOT him. Barkley is wrong regarding this case, and your headline is absolutely unethical and wrong too.

    • Gene   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:29 am

      a disagree Charles does know the effect of slavery and how bad it was because its effects is still lingering after 200 years. This isafter more blacks have lost their lives trying to get rid of these effects such as go to the back of the bus dogs being sick on you fire hoses been placed upon you and having to march all in trying to get rid of the effects of slavery so that’s a cop out with Charles. And a sad cop out too.

    • Tynnetta   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      We don’t have to live through an event to understand the impact and/or how bad it was. Slavery was bad; the holocaust was bad; the black plague was bad; the bombing of Hiroshima was bad! I didn’t experience any of those events, but I know they were bad. I heard the interview and he was intentionally making an stupid freakin’ point. There’s NO point in saying what he said! Did he think that we thought he personally experienced slavery. I think the headline is accurate and if you listen to the interview, you’ll hear his tone and you’ll understand exactly what he meant!

    • Siddiq   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      I understand, you are kidding right. He is just from Alabama, you know the state that the kkk bombed the church killing 4 innocent girls. Please tell me you are kidding

  23. Antonio Johnson   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Charles you don’t have any balls. You suck. TNT LET HIM GO, HE DON’T NO ANYTHING . LOOSER

  24. sola   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 3:25 am

    Charles, Kill yourself!

  25. Anon   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Charles Barkley has always been a phucking kook.

  26. duckbaby   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 4:28 am

    I have no words but I petty him. His so called friends trying to help him. White media is trying to save their house nigga and he still talking. Please don’t defend your ignorance. Our point is yes the police are there to serve and protect, but they are clearly abusing their power. Its not a black thing its a pple thing. Just pointing our more black then other races.

    • Gene   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:31 am

      you are so correct

  27. William   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 5:34 am

    God created all men equal. He gave us free will and the ability to think for ourselves. People make their own choices and decide their own fate when they choose the break the law. No one makes anyone regardless of race rob a store or shoot and kill a police officer. Those are choices those men made. How can anyone race of people be to blame for another race of people’s problem in a free country. Since the civil movement in the United States no longer can African Americans be repressed, segregated or discriminated against by law. There is a right and a wrong way to protest against injustice and the constitution of the United States gives you that right to protest and protects your right to protest. Burning down your community is a barbaric way to protest your dissatisfaction but it’s a choice the people of Ferguson made themselves. We live our own lives and make our own fate. So now we must learn to take responsibility for our own actions and stop blaming others.

  28. Alton James   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I guess when you got a little money and married to a white woman your opinion changes. That Mother Fucker is crazy as shit and not in touch with reality. I had a girl I was dating a lil while back that told me there is no such thing as racial profiling. We disagreed so much, i havent seen her since. Charles need to get his Punk Ass off off TV and go play some golf with his white friends. If I saw his punk ass I would spit on his ass Fuck him and his opinion.

    • mew   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Wonderfully expressed to the bone!!!

  29. Winston Woods   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 7:10 am

    The only reason i wanted to comment is just to say you have a right to your own opinion, but how in the hell can you Mr.Barkley say after its a known FACT that these slaves where humans and it was described as inhuman how they were treated. HOW IS THAT NOT ALL THAT BAD??? because its obvious your not “pro” black,you may not like being a man of color in todays society,so how bout you close your eyes and instead of the injust things that happens to target black males that are quite obvious lets say humans,now would you say that the way these people were treated was inhuman,or unjust???

  30. JONNY   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 7:10 am

    ADVISE TO JOURNALISTS: If you are a male, don’t go to a gynocologist if you have a problem with your penis. If you are a female, don’t go to a urologist if you have a problem with your vagina. That should be journalism 101.

  31. Claudia Andrews   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Its so obvious that Mr Barkley knows nothing not even basketball. Do he really think his name wasn’t given to him that’s his slave name chosen by his master!!

  32. miguel   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Its is easy for a rich black man like Barkley to have an opinion that makes no sense, why cause he is rich, he has no clue what an average black man has to deal with on a daily basis. He doesn’t get racially profile,he doesn’t deal with the injustice most black men deal with on a daily basis.Michael Brown and Eric Ginger are not related to him. The problem with Charles is that he not only forgot where he came from, his problem is that fame,money,and white people acceptance of his ignorance has made him forget where he came from.simply put he has become the house Nigger, so white media love to have his opinion cause at the end they have giving him everything he ever wanted just saying.

  33. L. Jones   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Typical black that had a chance to make some serious money & has forgotten what backs they got there on. If the civil rights movement did not take place & people had to die, march, & be jailed he would not have been able to play a sport which enabled him to be sitting on national T.V. giving an opinion. He has forgotten where he came from. Yes, Barkley you are a SELLOUT! Words may come back to haunt him one day.

  34. CLEVELAND MANLEY   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I, CLEVELAND, FROM Harlem, on this day, have revoke, charles barley black pass! he is no longer consider a “black man”!! end of story, no discussion!!!

  35. mew   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Charles can talk that shit because he has money and a contracted white woman! The shoe has not been put on his foot yet when and if he loses one of his own due to LAPD / NYPD and the likes of other polKKKice hat tricks and abuse!!! Lose your (_!_)points and wake the f$$k up!!! I believe that he is being paid to make these deceiving comments!!!

  36. mew   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I hope that God will cause him to lose his voice for the rest of his life!!!

  37. Penni   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    First let me say this. I have no clue what it is to be a person of color. I don’t even believe I can say I can relate or understand how it felt or even feels. I won’t even say I don’t see the color of your skin ad so many call themselves color blind. I would be ignorant if I did. Because then I wouldn’t see you as a whole human being, a race, a culture different than me, but equally deserving the same benefits, treatment, respect, education, pay, pay, everything. I for one with no disrespect intended believe that Charles B. Is totally unaware of his own ignorance and how he sounds. He has no clue that the media is using him to say they gave people of color a fair chance to give an opinion, but intentionally chose someone who was more motivated by the mighty dollar than the hard cold reality of the real truth about what slavery was and did, and how it affects still effect people’s ways today. I cannot even say he is doing. I believe he is truly clueless and is an unaware puppet.

    • acamp   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      I HAVE to give credit where DO, VERY well stated Penni

  38. AC   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I listen to Charles to laugh…never to educate myself or enlighten me about the black community. He said he doesn’t know and that is sad. See, there is nothing wrong with “not Knowing”, but there is definitely something wrong, with “not being willing to learn”. Just because Charles is black, doesn’t mean he speaks for the black community. Bill Clinton was white, but a majority of the white community didn’t feel that he spoke for them. You notice that they are saying more about what Chuck said, than what Kenny said. Hmmm….WAKE UP!!

    • Sharon   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 3:58 am

      Wowww you nailed Mr. A.C. straight and to the point.

  39. CHARLIE SMITH   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    IN 2 WORD IGNORANTE & VERY STUPID.. EVEN AS A COMMENTATOR HE’S THE (CLOWN) ON THE SHOW. SURE,HE IS SOMEONE TO GET A LAUGH AT BUT POLITICS THATS A NO NO.. HE NEED TO SIT HIS DUMB ASS DOWN AND DO WHAT HE DO BEST BE A CLOWN FOR THE MEDIA,& KEEP BEING AN (OREO) BLACK ON THE OUT SIDE AND WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE ON THE INSIDE. AND WILL DO ARE SAY ANYTHING TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE CAUCASIAN RACE..CHARLES BARKLEY, YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A BACK WOOD ASS COUNTRY(BOY) FROM ALABAMA. WITH YOUR STUPID ASS……….

    • Sharon   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 4:05 am

      It’s obvious the man doesn’t have a clue and could care less one way or the other but let him keep on being a puppet for who he thinks his friends are;rememeber how O.J. Simpson was running through the airport smiling and kissing but just like that and where is he now? I rest my case. they’re setting him up for that big fall down the road.

  40. D. Ponds   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    “I guess green “republican money and a blonde” has now moved you to the big house! You still a n_____ in their eyesight with green eyes and all. Behind those other closed doors you would find that out too. You are BLACK IGNORANCE at its Best!! I’d love to see the tables turned if it were your son Just to see what kind of view you’d have when you’re walking slow and singing sadd songs behind a casket. (i.e., son executed in broad day light, unarmed, lying in the streets like roadkill for hours) I have seen it happen so many times but it’s funny how you have put yourself above circumstances because you’re rich. You have No Compassion, Sympathy, or Brains – you’re just rich with a blonde living in their community. Get in trouble here….Lake of Fire will be your home – I Pray NO MERCY OR COMPASSION for you on Judgement Day!!!

  41. Penni   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    First let me say this. I have no clue what it is to be a person of color. I don’t even believe I can say I can relate or understand how it felt or even feels. I won’t even say I don’t see the color of your skin and so many call themselves color blind. I would be ignorant if I did. Because then I wouldn’t see you as a whole human being, a race, a culture different than me, but equally deserving the same benefits, treatment, respect, education, pay, etc. I for one with no disrespect intended believe that Charles B. Is totally unaware of his own ignorance and how he sounds. He has no clue that the media is using him to say they gave people of color a fair chance to give an opinion, but intentionally chose someone who was more motivated by the mighty dollar than the hard cold reality of the real truth about what slavery was and did, and how it affects still effect people’s ways today. I believe he is truly clueless and is unaware he is allowing himself to be used as a puppet.

  42. Joe   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Mr. Barkley needs to stick to commenting on Basketball! His comments are unrealistic, unwarranted, and painful to the families who lossed they’re loved ones unjustly for no reason. Mr. Barkley isn’t living in the real world. He has forgot from whence he came. Charles needs to go back to his roots for a reality check!!!

  43. LaShanna Ford   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    i do believe that Charles Barkley USED to understand what blacks had to endure during slavery, “not going off by only what his grandmother told him.” Charles USED to understand how certain black men is treated different from others when it come to criminal activity, Bank loans, college sholorships, job promotions, oh let’s not leave out sports! He himself endured suffering and critizing because of his black race.
    REMEMBER: Charles Barkley adopted this type of (non black) attitude years after his marriage to Maureen Blumhardt. He couldn’t voice his opinion in the public of black issues because he didn’t want to stir up trouble in his relationship with his wife Maureen. Now he has been brainwashed by (sleeping with the enemy) his other ‘half’ that he is comfortable in making arrogant stuip comments about his own family race. I’m not saying that all white women is “sleepin with the enemy” However Charles has portrayed himself as doing so.
    “Black on the outside, Cream in the Middle”

  44. Grace   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    You know, perhaps if Mr. Barkley was raped: forced to sleep with the “slave master” he might see things differently. Or if he helplessly witnessed his wife or his sister being taken from their living quarters daily and raped, Perhaps if his children were stripped fondled and sold right in front of him, he might not say those words. Perhaps if he was hung on a tree or beaten in front of his wife and kids, he may choose his words a little differently. Perhaps if he lived in a time where there was such a thing called: Black Code where blacks could not testify against a white man, where the legal system had absolutely no laws (many of the forth-coming laws were made to protect the black man from the white man) he might think a little harder. That old saying: until you’ve walked in another person’s shoes you don’t know how it feels. God bless this sick but healing nation. The conversation has started. Somebody should send Barkley a copy of the Willie Lynch Speech! Not knowing is a problem

  45. SL8R   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Anthony Tsigounis said
    Young black men commit crimes at a rate ten times greater
    than whites and Hispanics combined. Presented with damning
    evidence like that, and like the many holocausts in Chicago where hundreds of African- Americans are murdered each year, civil rights industry looks the other way or makes excuses. They blame guns, poor education, lack of jobs – WHITE folks, POLICE, rarely, do they define the problem accurately. So, here it is:
    The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black
    precincts is the disintegration of the African-American
    family. Right now, about 73% of all black babies are born out of
    wedlock. That drives poverty. And, the lack of involved
    fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised.
    (We can thank the “Great Society” scam, for that also. And
    we all know how that scam has worked out, in all our inner
    cities, like Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C. New Orleans and many
    more.)
    When was the last time you saw a public service ad telling
    young black girls to avoid becoming pregnant? Have you,or
    Obama. have done such an ad? How about Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or Eric Holder? Has the Congressional Black Caucus demanded an ad like that? How about the PC pundits who work for NBC News?
    WHITE people don’t force black people to have babies out of
    wedlock. That’s a personal decision. A decision that has
    kept Planned Parenthood very busy, devastated millions of children (the ones that made it) and led to disaster, both socially and economically. So,raised without much structure, young black men often reject education, gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, and gangs. WHITE folks don’t forces them to do that. Again, it is a personal decision.
    And then we have the entertainment industry encouraging the
    irresponsibility by marketing a gangsta culture: hip-hop, movies, trashy TV shows, to impressionable children. In fact, Obama has
    welcomed some of the worst offenders in that cesspool to the White House, when he should be condemning what these weasels are doing. These so-called entertainers get rich, while the kids who emulate their lyrics and attitude destroy themselves.
    And, then, there’s the drug situation. Go to Detroit and ask
    anyone living on the south side of the Eight Mile Road what
    destroyed their city and they will tell you “narcotics.” They know
    addiction leads to crime and debasement. (Michael Brown’s blood indicated that he was high as a kite,stoned,baked,blazed,wasted as hell, and a large bag of marijuana founded on him)
    But what do the race hustlers and limousine liberals yell
    about? The number of black men in prison for selling drugs:
    “Oh, it’s so unfair! It’s a non-violent crime, and blacks are
    targeted!” That is one of the biggest lies in the history of this
    country. The thugs who sell hard drugs, no matter what color they are, deserve to be put away for long periods of time. They sell poison. They sell a product that enslaves and kills. They are scum.
    When was the last time you heard the Congressional Black
    Caucus say that? How about Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or
    Eric Holder? How about Obama?
    The solution to the epidemic of violent crime in poor black
    neighborhoods is to actively discourage pregnancies out of
    marriage, to impose strict discipline in the public schools – including
    mandatory student uniforms – and to create a zero tolerance policy for gun and drug crimes, imposing harsh mandatory prison time on the offenders. And, finally, challenging the entertainment industry to stop peddling garbage.
    Hey, listen up you hypocrites: if a kid can’t speak
    proper English, uses the “F” word in every sentence, is
    disrespectful in his or her manner, that child will never be able to compete in the marketplace of America. Never. And, it has nothing to do with slavery or WHITE folks and the POLICE. It has everything to do with you,the racists people and derelict parents. Michael Brown’s stepfather was screaming, “burn this b**** down,” (nice role model) You’re the ones hurting these vulnerable children.

    • Lk   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      sL8R I’m sure you think that you made some valid points but they were all made invalid by the way u blindly put all the blame on blacks. Non blacks love to conveniently forget about slavery. The effects of slavery are still plauging society and as long as it does problems will persist. You do realize that LEGAL segregation ended in 1954. Only 64 years ago. So the so called justice system was never designed to protect blacks and thats part of the reasons these issues happen.

    • Chris   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Who the hell YOU think brought the drugs to the communities to infiltrate and destroy?? It was the WHITE GOVERNMENT!!

    • James Clipper   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Correctomondo! Problem is few realize the indicting Sapp vs Tallahassee which states and I quote,” The police is not Here to protect you. There duty is to protect the corporation and arrest code breakers.” The NAACP and the Republican led Civil Rights Movement was funded by Zionism. All so-called black organizations are House N**** byproducts. Degenerate plaigarizer, embezzling whoremonging woman beater MLK Jr set us back 500 years. Draconian Rothschild Barack Obama aka Barry SoreToeRo about to double that following in the steps of his 43 Blueblood royalty kinsmen. These recent events are being manipulated by the Order of the Garter the matriarch of Secret Societies to veil what’s really going on. MJ Dangerous cover exposing the Illuminati spells it all out. Blacks aren’t the only culture being murdered by police. Ours is being more galvanized. I appreciate your insight and frankness. Stay focused!

    • Ddhowell   Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 2:47 am

      One of the best opinions I have read! Everyone hears what they want to hear. Pointing fingers will never work.

  46. Alma   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    He didn’t get what his mother or grandmother said charles Barkley was around when martin Luther king marched for theblack people and white people stood with him maybe he though that was for kids day at the park really lost for words he reminds me of oj gotta keep his inlaws happy

  47. Pat   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    charles has fallen into the trap that economic privilege brings… He has forgotten from whence his family springs. I pray that he learns better but, until such time he should refrain from putting his uniformed opinions regarding slavery in the media
    Let’s think before we speak!

  48. Darren Miles   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Charles has a right to speak what he think! Charles is speakin. What some people are scared to say.

  49. Cincy   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Back to the Bundy Ranch Chuck… He believes that also….at least Bundy said we were Happily, Singing Slaves….smh Chuck!

  50. Alma   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Wow I can’t believe what I just read number one I’m not a tv/radio person high school education some outside classes to support a son all said ,my grandparents were product of slavery as a race of black people they taught us all the ed.in the world can’t take place of common sense that said I often grew up wandering about the unrest in black male not wanting to settle down and the women looking for a stable home lets go back to common sense I remember my grand mothers words they mated my people like cattle her father had 4uncles taken from their families sold , then A well known black pastor sain something to a white commentator while your family wss was teaching your fore parents how to raise and support your family my fore parents were being sold the man never learned how. To be stable fathers they were called bucks being moved.from place to produce strong blk kds& what abt the sk hd the mafia , kkk, do they not belong in prison as well all 1has to do is use common sense

  51. MADDIMADD   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    CHARM BARKLEY IS THE NEW UNCLE TOM SELLOUT.

  52. Michael   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Charles Barkley, the professed “Rich Man”. You maybe rich financially, but I find you “Poor” in your opportunistic-calling. I suggest that you further connect with that Southern upbringing. Understand that you got that “Sir Charles” title through someone else’s struggle, sacrifice and life. As a result, you may not have been positioned where you are. Certainly, this is an opportunity to have lime-light more directed to you and your wallet, but shouldn’t a man’s soul be worth more. It’s so fitting that Dr. King believe that “if a man should have nothing to die for, he isn’t fit to live”. I agree with your stance that you aren’t a role model. I pray that you would head to this promise: “It’s best to remain silent and appear a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”. The real “role models” of our Black Teens and their lives are counting on it.

  53. THUNDER   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    TELL THAT WOMAN BEATER TO TAKE A SEAT IN HIS JAIL CELL, HIS BUTT IS LUCKY THAT PHOENIX POLICE DEPT. DIDN’T LET HIM HAVE IT.
    OH MY BAD HE HAD MORE MONEY THAN THE VICTIMS THAT ARE IN THE MEDIA NOW !!!
    WHAT A JOKE AND A INSULT TO HIMSELF WE KNOW HE DOESN’T REP. THE BLACK RACE ..HE CAME CAME FROM A SOUTHERN STATE WHERE PUBLIC OPINION IS LOW OF BLACKS ANYWAY !!

  54. Alvin J. James   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    It seems that when the Eric Garner situation was first reported it was stated that he was breaking up a fight. Was that true? If true, what had to happen for the focus to turn to his being arrested for selling loose cigarettes? Did he break up the fight and some time passed and he began to sell them. Or did he break up the fight, the police arrived and then sought to arrest him because they suspected that he was there to sell cigarettes. Anyone know the sequence of events?
    But the issue that will cost the tax payers of New York Millions is the actions or lack of action by EMS providers that arrived on the scene. The female medic is seen taking a pulse and for some strange reason talking to Mr. Garner as as if he is conscious asking him to help her help him. I found that very odd. I don’t know what the EMS standard of care is in New York but if it doesn’t include doing a thorough patient assessment then the people of New York are being under served. This should be a slam dunk.

  55. Brian Carter   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Never can One person represent his or her entire race. In every high profile racial situation, there will be several opinions and agendas. I’m sure if I was on the TV spot light and encouraged to make quick “punch line” comments each night ; I would offend so many folks. Even ones who look up to. I FOR GIVE Charles Barkley and have always believed in what he said decades ago about Not being a Role Model.

  56. J.Corker   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Nothing Mr. Barclay says should shock any one. He has Always showed his self hatred towards his own people. I have never understood how any person of color … no I will never understand how any human being could look at that video of Mr. Eric Garner being MURDERED by the police and turn around and say it wasn,t murder or Mr. Garner brought it on himself. Also, to say or infer that slavery wasn’t a bad thing only shows the levels of ignorance that Uncle Charles has. It is a shame to even look at him and think of all the suffering Blacks have and continue to go through and this man with a straight face is in denial. Wow, and Shame on you, Mr. Barclay

  57. Nicky   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    This network needs to keep Charles off the air. He is flaming the fire with his dumb comments. If Charles does not know anything about slavery then he needs to keep his mouth shut. I’m sure his Grandmother; mother would never had said slavery wasn’t that bad. Shame on you Charles you are a disgrace to all African American people.

  58. ARETHA ELLIS   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    HE IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE ,PEOPLE SAY ANYTHING TO GET THEIR FACE OUT THERE, HE THINKS HE IS WHITE, WELLLLLL, MISTER WE NEWS FOR YOU YOUR BLACK ASS IS ON HE SAME BOAT I`M ON THE BLACK BOAT………… YOU DON`T MATTER IN OUR WORLD, GET OVER YOUR SELF.

  59. Mank   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I have heard Charles Barkley say many awfully damn things but I always thought he was just being funny. But from his comments on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, I know now that the man is a big fool, pure and simple. Or perhaps some black dude really messed him up and now his judgment of racial tension is messed by the trauma he experienced. It is fine to say looting is not acceptable. Many have said it. The irritation with his comments is to do with him seeing nothing wrong in the cops’ and grand juries actions. In his view cops should be allowed to maim, torture and slaughter some black people as long as they also bring security to neighborhoods that would otherwise be unlivable. He doesn’t realize that bringing security to neighborhoods is the job cops are employed to do, WITH PAY! Damn fool!

  60. BLNG_BLNG   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    One more reason to not watch the stupid NBA. It is full of Uncle Toms.

  61. Bryan Curry   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    People getting mad because this man voiced his opinion. You don’t have to agree with it. You all think you are so right by your comments when you are so wrong. All you had to do is say I agree. I disagree. But to go into cursing somebody out or degrading them because of their opinion makes you just as wrong as you think he is. Your Problem is you are all upset because you think all black people is suppose to think alike especially with black issues and when someone who is black disagree you all up in a rampage, want him fired and to not speak.Trying to check him some of you need to check yourself.

  62. quake   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Barkley is the biggest idiot that has ever worn a basketball I uniform. Everyone knows this. Still I wonder why even bigger idiots would place a microphone in front of him to hear him talk. About anything. ..basketball included.

  63. Myrna   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I thank you Mr. Howard for your words of wisdom and clarity in the matter of the out spoken uneducated and uninformed Charles Barkley. He has and continues to have an unintelligent voice of reason and understanding of generational and historical issues that has been facing our country for decades.

    It is my sincere hope that his voice will soon be quieted from the general media. He does not speak for all African Americans and or other Minorities.

    In Peace,

  64. Martley   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    “Those who blame its workings on its victims, invoking black pathologies and enumerating all the ways in which black people need to become better and more moral to earn the right to complain about being killed without their killers even facing any consequences, are engaging in an old, tired respectability politics. They don’t know what the f*ck they’re talking about.” Look up the word insanity and tell me about the change that you are invoking to create with this statement. So sad, smdh….

  65. sosab0012   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    The was an American History long before the US and their dependency upon slavery. In fact history revealed that the subject of the black people was nothing new in fact the world loved Africa,many Country’s all over the world depended on her because of the large land mass which possessed mass quantities of natural resources and the people where just as valuable. England,France,Italy,even Japan and China were countries that did business with Africa. In Ancient History the nile river was one of the main travel and cargo routes in the world,the river Euphratus,the Jordon river. These were all major routes. These very routes will take you along the inner areas and out to sea. Most river will lead you out to sea. Once these paths were discoverd by enemies it became easy to prey on the people than to seek resources collectively. These lands were ruled over,by Kings and Queens.and everyone was accounted for,it would have been very hard to intrude or invade a land during this era.

  66. sosab0012   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    If someone was caught by a soldier of the king he would be subject to the king,not to the soldiers themselves. Everything had to go through the king or it could mean your own life as well. However,when things happen like death from an illness or for many women it was childbirth which brought death,this was the death that needed to be overcome. Death from war and destruction was the death brought on by a direct violation a human right,rape murder.kidnapping and they mistreatment of the poor.There was little need for peddy crimes,to be committed,you could always petition the king to seek redress. However,upon the death of a king or ruler, predecessor were not always in favor of the the previous king or rulers authority,some even plotted and collaborated in the killing of those in leadership in hope of becoming King over all. What dose this half to do with what going on today? Well if “knowledge is what you seek ask and ye shall find knock and it will be given”.

  67. sosab0012   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Have you ever had a moment when you just stop and wonder? It just causes you to look not at any particular thing but the thing that made you do that, was really inside your headache? Well don’t feel you are alone however,you may just be to young or not mature enough emotional to really be able to put everything together yet! We need to be reminded however,why we are suffering now is because of the gaping holes in our heart’s that can only being to heal when the truth is told about our condition. As far as where we are today the truth would be that education of the history of African-American History in America,has never been taught,at least not in public school’s that I can remember. This did not however,make them any less educated about themselves or their Country’s of origins of their ancestor’s. In one way or another the African-American of today are descendents of those African that were indeed brought here in bondage and sold into slavery here to the US.

  68. sosab0012   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    There are true African descendent’s remaining to this day here in America,however,their are many direct blood lines of ethnicity,culture’s,and religion’s that can all be traced to lands on the other side of the sea,along the coast’s and inland throughout the world we have always been a global place all along. We didn’t need technology to tell us.well maybe a few compass’s few map’s. But most travel was by water and the current of the waters determined which way you went. Interestingly I find is all though people have carried the burden for well over 400yrs yet so much of this American History can not go unnoticed the tenacity and resilience of a people as that of African-American’s in America. They may not have given these same privileges during this awful time in history nonetheless without the strength of the African America may not look much like what it does to day. African-American’s are as much American as apple pie and fried chicken.

  69. Rodone   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    You lost me Charles. Might as well be white

  70. David Sterling   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Barkley is recognized for his knowledge of sports, and given his background as an athlete I understand. But please tell me why we continue to give serious consideration to anything the Barkleys of our society have to say outside they’re given fields of expertise………Would you go to your mechanic to represent you in court, or oversee a medical procedure? Please Mr. Barkley keep you comments to sports…….Celebrity does not = intelligence

  71. Jillyan   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Why is anyone giving one second of their time to this ignorant speaking man. He slays the English language, and listening to him most times is very painful. He hasn’t ever won a championship and NEVER will. He was fortunate to be on the Dream Team, other than that, what else has he done? Who gives a tinkers dang about Charles Barkley and his illiterate statements. Who would be dumb enough to say he doesn’t know if slavery was all that bad? Only Charles Barkley. I am horrified at most of his opinions. Charles, stick to basketball, oh let’s see, although you played reasonably well, you never won a championship. So for lack of anything else to say, BE QUIET, SHUT UP. You are an embarrassment to all.

  72. Deborah   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Hear we are again, this man is sick and really we shouldn’t care about anything he has to say, he has a right to say what he wants but we have a right to ignore him, he mad cause he is not white but if they tried to kill all of us his behind going too!!!!

  73. Dcbos   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    The equivalent of the great athletes of today were the best cotton pickers among the slaves ; most likely to be chained up so they didn’t run and if they did they’d be beaten ;Charles doesn’t realize that a slave wasn’t given an opportunity to say the things he does; most likely they would have beaten him to a pulp for being so uppity.

  74. Eddie Dantzler   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    CHARLES HAS ALWAYS THOUGHT HE WERE BETTER AND DIFFERENT THAN OTHER BLACK PEOPLES. I WATCHED AND LISTEN TO HIM WHEN HE SPEAKS.CHARLES MARRIED A WHITE WOMAN AND I believe that he hates black people’s and especially black women’s.His statement about slavery was dum on his part and if think he ganging white people when he more crazier than he sound and looks. Mr Charles needs to take a psychological evaluation soon as possible and get help for his mental problems and alcoholism problems.

  75. francisco duarte   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Antony Sigounis: After you finished your cut and paste parroting- from somebody in the like of Hannty?- sure you are congratulating yourself thinking how definitive and wise you are. The only think that I missed- because I expected- was the phrase: “I rest my case” used by many idiot like you. In your talking points you are only “discovering” the symptoms of a huge problem that you do not have the brains or the will to understand. Then, my good “doctor” go educate yourself – if that is possible- and then come back to discuss something that obviously you do not understand.

  76. Carl Brice   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I think it’s incredible how lazy people are (notice how it’s people and not blacks or whites) that they base opinions solely on a headline and not on complete information.
    If you had listened to the entire segment, or at least the first three minutes, you would realize that Barkley never said slavery wasn’t bad. Not even close. He said he didn’t know about slavery, but only that which he had read and what his grandmother had told him. He is obviously referring to the fact that he never endured slavery. None of us have, unless you’re going on 450. How can you say he’s uneducated for saying that? How can you say that he stated that slavery wasn’t bad, when he said nothing of the sort?
    Saying both of those things about Barkley is both ignorant and lazy.

    • Charles Alexander   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Uh, Carl, the official end slavery was in 1865, which is only 150 years ago, not 450 years ago.

    • Myo L Campbell   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Agreed Carl! No one is paying attention, everyone is emotional and jumps on the bandwagon. I’m sure no one on these comments have been a slave nor knows firsthand enough to say how bad it was or wasn’t. We all know what we read or were told.

  77. Carl Brice   Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    And since I’ll probably be judged by my profile picture, I’ll clarify that I’m a quarter black, a quarter white, and half indian.

    • Contel Bradford   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Well said man.

    • Queen   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 11:53 am

      According to the constitution initially, having a drop of Black blood made you 3/5 of a human being so you can save your portions because either you’re saying that to fully identify as a person of color or you’re saying that to be condescending. If its the latter of the two then your opinion is irrelevant as your purpose is only to tear down not build. Pick your poison. Anywho, as someone did address to you I see, even in the context of which you stated Coon Barkley’s commentary was both ignorant and tactless. Those were words that any person with any intelligence’s mind should have automatically filtered. I wonder if the Jewish community would be called lazy and ignorant for reprimanding him if instead of speaking on the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade that dehumanized and distributed millions of Africans throughout the planet, he spoke on the Holocaust because after all he didn’t live through that either. No. Coon Barkley would be jobless and he knows that.

    • Charles Alexander   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      And, unofficially, slavery still exists. Just because it is not called slavery doesn’t mean it is not slavery. But, I’m sure you know that.

    • Siddiq   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Thats Cool Carl but I just want to mention although slavery ended in 1865, Jim Crow didn’t end until 1965. How old were we then? And he’s from Alabama right? I thought so

  78. Lola Johnson   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Mr. Barkley you really need too stop talking , because the more you talk the more you sound lake a dum man that they are useing too make your self look mad , do all of us a favor and talk about something you know about and that’s basketball ok.

  79. Alex   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 4:42 am

    People do not get distracted from what really matters. Several men and women and children have been senselessly killed by officers in the line of duty without having to accept responsibility. Finally know that every black puppet has their day…. OJ, Michael Jackson, Kobe (people forget about that rape charge he barely beat) Mike Tyson, just name a rapper (they sow seeds of destruction and distraction in our communities) Bill Cosby (he used to talk crazy shit about black people) and in due time.. Chuck. It’s all a matter of time. No need to worry or become upset.

  80. Rhonda Scott   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Carl Brice I hope you do read this! What Charles nor you understand; that all People of Color are still going through Slavery … being Discrimination against…. It Ain’t Stop!!! And I don’t believe for a moment;that Charles based his opinions on what he READ; because the man do not read period. People don’t read or don’t learn to read give up the their Power to be able to Be or play the part that God put you on earth to Be fully! Dr. King,President Lincoln;Treyvon,Mick, Eric ( on and on) has played their part; now it time for us to play our part! Everything happens in a Season for a Reason!

  81. Safiyatu Diallo   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    @Carol Brice You are right. They are completely taking things Barkley is saying out of the the context HE STATED. He said they were right not to indict for murder. He said he feels they needed to be indicted for other charges like manslaughter. He is not saying they should go unpunished. People need to STOP. Marvin Gaye”what’s going on?” Look back in BLACK HISTORY and acknowledge the positive accomplishments and use those to fuel the change needed to come. It seems all the hard work black America put in in the past has been destroyed. Taken for granted. I know Racism still exists. It’s not as serious an issue as people are recreating it to be. Education is available. It is not totally free. Obama worked and studied hard to get where he is. It wasn’t handed to him on a silver platter. There are plenty of “black Americans” who are upset by the bad apples that spoil the bunch. They don’t share the same issues as others because they make better choices, better investments.

    • AlfaMale   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Safi you really should know your history or at very least know your statistics
      This country has alway been about race from the Indians
      Til present day check the school systems check the employment
      Check lending and banking and don’t just view they world though your eyes
      Because your experience obviously is not the status quo
      Race & class results in different outcomes within so many American institutions
      And depending on which category you fall and the there are exceptions to the rule
      The exceptions are not the norm.
      All men are created equal has never been realized
      In the United States of America to date.

    • Siddiq   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I’m guessing you are from Senegal or at least some part of west Africa and I’m also guessing you haven’t been here long enough to even know our struggles. However I wish there was a way for you to check with Amadu Diallo who was innocently gunned down by police 41 times and no one was charged or maybe check with his family. Racism not that bad. How dare you

  82. Bernice Rogers   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Do you think they think, black boy, of you any different. You have turned on you race. Who really cares what you think. Stay in you world, since America never harmed you. Your day is coming, you just wait and see. Good thing you are not playing ball now. There will be no one there to cheer you on. Please stop trying to answer for the real black people,you can not…you have not walk in their shoes.God gave and he can take it. Be very careful how you make the world your stage.

  83. AlfaMale   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Charles and every other sports Celeberty should
    Refrain from commenting on Fergeson or New Yorks verdicts
    As they are not going to speak frankly or speak we know in the black community as real talk .
    Because they speak from a position of privledge
    Weather they know it or not . They do not live in the main stream
    Though they are Black they are not treated the same
    Given this nations history you do not have to go back to slavery
    There a thousands of recent examples of racial disparities
    From housing & predatory lending to employment .
    Martin Luther king protest peaceful but he was not greeted with peace by
    Police or our government the peace protest was to not give the police
    And whites a reason to be more unjust or heavy handed than they already were
    As we aspired for equal rights .
    I implore all to reexamine video footage the police government & most white citizens
    Have always held a a level of disdain for African Americans
    And examples still exist as in Fergeson & NewYork

  84. Helen Dougas   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Charles Barkley is and has always been out of his mind. Please do not publish anything else that he says. What station does he report from, I also will not watch as long as he is employed there.

  85. vl   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Barkley is the quintessential 40 million dollar slave who doesn’t have a clue. Stupid is as stupid does. TAKE THE MIC FROM THIS FOOL!!!!

  86. Charlie   Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    slavery has been over for a long time. So when are we going to stop the skin tone pity party? Playing the race card for everything is getting old. This country caters to minorities. Get over yourselves.

  87. Abdul Ulmulk   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I think Charles Kenny & Shaq R all outta touch with the Black race & r scared or has no knowledge of their Black history. I’ll start with Charles Slavery is the worst atrocity to ever b force upon a people. Kenny n these two cases both Black men r dead. Neither 1 of them was arm. So at the very least it should go to trial. Shaq even if ur n law enforcement, ur not above the law. Maybe y’all can understand it this way, The Jewish ppl tell there children about the Holocaust & none of y’all or anybody will say to them not to tell there history. Most of y’all n y’all’s life style thinks y’all got it made in america, we n Islam say y’all been made n america. But let me enlighten y’all those racist cops out there will stop y’all n ur cars & put a bullet n y’all head just as fast as they will put 1 n ours. So keep on fooln urself’s if y’all want to. But racism is alive & well n america & everything we go through n america is directly related to our enslavement. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE.

  88. Abdul Ulmulk   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Charles Barkley & the rest of the Blacks n sports as well as all the other ppl of color that play sports if it wasn’t 4 us as Black ppl fightn & dying n this raciest system here n america, Y’all wouldn’t b playn n the NBA today. So don’t get it twisted it was the struggle that pave the way 4 y’all to b where y’all @ today. Don’t 4get where y’all came from & how it is y’all got there. Because the same ones y’all pass on y’all’s way to the top will b the same ones y’all will b with on y’all’s was back to the bottom. Because most of our brothers & sisters that so called made it n this racist system end up broke when it all said & done. Remember whoever made u can also break u. Black ppl can only really make it when we invest back into our own ppl & n our own communities. Y’all need to become the entrepreneurs in our own communities. Become the big shots n our communities then y’all can compete with white america. Stop tryn to force ourself on ppl that don’t want us living next to them.

  89. JayT   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I hope you didn’t mean what you said…you can not be that stupid. Why would you even make such a comment? Did you run it by somebody first? I’m just trying to figure out why the other voice in your head didn’t try to stop you. Oh well, good luck getting your foot out of your mouth…geez!!!

    It’s in the back of your throat this time.

  90. Lisa Jones   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Please stop interviewing Charles Barkley. He makes comments but has no data to support them. He needs to hire a publicist to to censor his comments. It is clear he doesn’t realize he is black.

  91. Myo L Campbell   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    This article title is deceitful, “Charles Barkley Says He Doesn’t Know If Slavery Was Really All That Bad.” That’s not what he said, watch the video and read the quotes; he said “…I shouldn’t say one of the worst things ever, because I don’t know anything about it other than what I read or what my grandmother told me.” That’s different than saying ‘it wasn’t all that bad.’ That’s saying ‘I wasn’t there so I can not conclude how bad it was’ as so many have done with Ferguson and the Eric Garner case. If you weren’t there, you only know what you were told, read, or what you watched second hand, you don’t have a first hand account, and you don’t really know.

    If he did say it wasn’t all that bad, so what? It’s his opinion, can he have one? Some people could think of things that are worse than slavery in their view, like hell. I love in the video how Barkley said, “people wanna hear your opinion, unless you disagree with them.”

  92. Myo L Campbell   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    The article also read, “…As he clearly pointed out when he was talking about slavery, he really doesn’t bother to be knowledgeable about the topics he speaks on. He just gives his unfounded opinion on something, based solely on his mood that day…” I perceive that is what this Justin Baragona has done just what he has wrongfully accused of Barkley. The man said he “read,” and was “told,” you don’t really get knowledgeable any other way but by experience, and you can’t experience something that has already taken place and has ended. In fact, reading and being told are the only ways any one here, including Baragona, know about any of the events to call themselves “knowledgeable.”

    Justin “…gives his unfounded opinion on something, based solely on his mood that day…”

  93. Myo L Campbell   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    According to Ernie, Charles said he followed the case, “Charles said he read the evidence, heard the evidence, heard what everybody in the grand jury had to say, and said they made the right call.” That’s not as unknowledgeable or unfounded as Kenny Smith being asked, “Did they make the right call?” and answering, “I don’t know.”

    Regarding Greg Howard being quoted as saying “This conversation is over…” well that’s just a dialogue closer, and there can be no agreement without dialogue. We ain’t gonna get justice if we can’t even work out justice amongst ourselves. That’s like wanting money but you’re terrible with money, if you get money you’ll mess it up, if you don’t get money you’ll complain. You can’t expect justice if you’re living unjustly, it’s hypocritical.

  94. Myo L Campbell   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Greg says, “The sin is not in talking without knowing what it is you’re talking about…” Greg doesn’t know what he’s talking about, especially with regards to sin. He expresses being displeased at the thought that “the problem with black people is black people” but will when we realize and acknowledge that true change begins within? Yourself, then your household, then your neighborhood, and community, then your city, state, society and so on. If it’s not flowing in that direction, it’s going against itself.

  95. Myo L Campbell   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    He says, “…the media is allowing for the possibility that, maybe, Garner’s video doesn’t tell the whole story. Maybe you didn’t see what you saw…” The four sides of a picture or video edit what you do and don’t see. You don’t know what happened outside the frame, before the start mark, or after the end mark if you weren’t there. Plus, it’s so hypocritical to criticize the exact same media from which you gained information about the story in the first place. How do you know that the sensationalizing of Ferguson and Garner stories isn’t the offense, and not the one grain of objectiveness they allow once in a while?

    Howard has objections to the thought “…black and brown men and women really are somehow to blame for their deaths…” Not in all cases, but in some cases we are responsible for the injustice to ourselves. You reap what you sew. If you participate, in criminal activity, you end up in a criminal’s predicament, which may come with a criminal’s outcome.

  96. Myo L Campbell   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Charles Barkley is no more a “legitimate political commentator” than some dude with a blog, someone with a Facebook account, any voter, or non-voter who faces the same political issues as us all, and hopefully nobody thinks so. He’s an NBA commentator, but critical thinking is not taking his word, the bloggers word, getting swept up in media sensationalism, or just following what everyone the same complexion as you is doing and saying.

  97. Ron Livingston   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I think these guys are lost when it comes to poor black communities. These men were murdered.

  98. Jermaine   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Charles said! He doesn’t know if slavery wasn’t all that bad! He must not know to much about history! Slavery was harsh you dumb fuck! Who doesn’t know that as an older black man?? Oh except Charles Barkley! You really don’t know that slavery was bad Charles? Garner did not deserve to be choked like that, they could’ve restrained him without choking him, then he would still be alive. And why are cops still shooting from the waist up. If he shoots him below the waist, he’s still living , but he was trying to kill! That’s why he’s dead. Shot him in both legs he would have fell to the floor, and he would’ve been cuffed

  99. Hank   Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    If Mr Barkley didn’t know slavery was that bad then he should read about Dred Scott and maybe he would understand the plight of the Negros

  100. Ezekielwatchman   Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Everyone forgets or does not know who was the first legal slave owner in America? How about who rounded up, enslaved and sold the africans into slavery to the “white man”?

  101. Terry Brooks   Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I listen to Charles and Kenny comments. Charles has a right to his opinion to as what thinks is far, he also needs to voices the disparity in these actions by the police when it comes to black men. The facts speech for themselves black have been killed and will be continued to shot by police at higher rate if this issue of fair treatment under the law isn’t dealt with. Micheal Brown and many other black men have been gunned down by officers, and if they were white I think this outcome would be different. Just look at the facts, facts show black men aren’t gettung equal justice. As a black man in this country who set in my local city council for 16 years I see a disparity when comes to black and white in our justice system. The qeaution now see we have all this nation wide, world wide attention, what as people are we going to do to change these disparities. During the Civil Rights movement their state goals and objectives to their quest for freedoms in this country.

  102. craigmac   Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Charles Barkley was a basketball player who never won an NBA ring and just wants to be seen and heard and be in the news so he is dumb enough to say all the crap he says…..I feel sorry for people like him… but the media will keep highlighting black people like him to keep up their distorted version of history (his-story)….

  103. mb   Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Just to know that a race of people were enslaved is a bad thing. Weather you were there or not. Slavery WAS THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ANY RACE OF HUMANS PERIOD. MORE BLACKS DIED THAN ANY OTHER RACE,LET TELL THE TRUTH. IF CHARLES THINKS HE HAS A PASS HE IS CRAZY THEY BURN HAS ASS TO.

  104. Landry Louis   Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Ignorance is the true menace in our society today. Charles why don’t you voluntary go to one the far away countries that are still practicing slavery; turn yourself in as a slave; Then come back to tell us about your great dehumanizing experience.

  105. Concerned   Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    The fact is that Charles Barkley doesn’t think. He’d need brain for that. Whatever little he had at birth, was lost during his last chase for an NBA championship ring.

  106. moplus   Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Will someone please tell Good Old Charles that if he would not open his mouth no one would ever know he is ignorant.

  107. g89dsww   Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Please tell Barkley that if he would not open his mouth no one would ever know he is ignorant.