In 2014, Black people are still being told they’re not Black enough. Recently, Bleacher Report released an article in which they accused teammates of Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback, Russell Wilson, of saying he wasnt Black enough. Whether this story is true or false, it’s really sad that an issue like this is still relevant.
On a personal note, I’ve always been told that I talk white and that I’m not Black enough. Growing up, it caused many internal complexes and a huge identity crisis. As I got older, I realized that it was pure ignorance to question someone’s race. I now understand that I am a well spoken, educated and driven Black and Puerto Rican woman.
As this issue made more traction, former NBA player, Charles Barkley, spoke out in a recent interview for WIP radio in Philly. Here’s what he had to say:
There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success––it’s best to knock a successful black person down if they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful…
Barkley also expressed more opinions on TNT’s Inside the NBA:
What I said was, it’s a dirty secret in the black community unless you’re a thug or got a criminal record or just a jackass, some people don’t think you’re black enough…It’s a dirty little secret in our community. I want black kids [to know] we can be strong, intelligent. We just tell kids if you’re doing good in school, you’re acting white. If you speak intelligently, you’re acting white… That’s one of the reasons we as a group, us black people, are struggling. We don’t have great respect for each eachother.
Let’s get it together people!