There have been plenty of times in the course of my life I’ve found myself bouncing back and forth on whether I’m embarrassed to tell people I’ve always been a Charles Barkley fan. Back in his playing days I loved him, particularly when he left the Sixers and played in Phoenix. His MVP season I was on Cloud 9.
That’s an example of when I was proud to tell everyone. When he spit on the guy in the stands and defended it by saying he wasn’t a role model? Not so proud.
His hilarious Right Guard commercials? Proud. His biblically illiterate attack on Christians for being “judgmental?” Not proud.
But this last week when Sir Charles dropped the sledgehammer on the foolish anti-Semitism of DeSean Jackson, Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson, Stephen Jackson, Ice Cube, Nick Cannon and other black men with a platform, explaining that hating people to combat hate is not a sound strategy? Yep, proud again.
In case you missed it:
Well done, Charles. Maybe it would be asking too much for him to extrapolate this outward just a bit further and explain to folks that pushing inequality to solve problems of inequality doesn’t make sense either.
Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold has raised eyebrows after she suggested firing Seattle police officers because they are white. While the proposal has its supporters, it has also been criticized for seemingly violating federal law and Supreme Court precedent barring racial discrimination.
Hate won’t defeat hate. Discrimination won’t defeat discrimination. Inequality won’t defeat inequality. It shouldn’t take Charles Barkley telling us for our society to get that.