Former NBA great Charles Barkley called out “unintelligent” black people for criticizing successful black people as “acting white” or not acting black enough.
Barkley’s comments aired during an interview on Philadelphia’s WIP radio this week; Barkley reacted to a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was considered by some teammates as not black enough.
“It’s a dirty dark secret in the black community,” Barkley said, adding later that “we are brainwashed to think if you’re not a thug or an idiot you’re not black enough.”
“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success” who believe “it’s best to knock a successful black person down ’cause they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful,” Barkley added.
Barkley also said that black people will struggle not because of whites but because of all the “crap in your life from other black people.”
Here’s audio of the interview:
This story has been updated.