On a recent episode of the news and pop culture podcast “The Steam Room,” NBA legend Charles Barkley blasted the recent anti-semitic remarks that have been made by some prominent black people.
During the episode, Barkley called out the hypocrisy of those who claim other groups are racist while promoting hatred toward both Jewish and white people.
“I want allies. I don’t want to alienate anybody,” Barkley said. “And to take shots at the Jewish race, or white race — I just don’t like it because it’s not right. And I had to call him on it because it’s really, it’s really been on my heart.”
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He went on to call out specific people who have made hateful remarks.
“Desean Jackson, Steven Jackson, Nick Cannon, Ice Cube. Man, what the h-ll are y’all doing? Like, y’all want racial equality. We all do,” Barkley said. “I don’t understand how insulting another group helps our cause… We can’t allow black people to be prejudiced also… I’m so disappointed in these men.”
“I don’t understand how you beat hatred with more hatred.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 17, 2020
“What I don’t understand is how you beat hatred with more hatred,” Barkley added. “That stuff should never come up in your vocabulary, and it should never come up in your heart. I don’t understand it. I’m never going to accept it. And I’m asking you guys, I’m begging you guys, man. You guys are famous. You got a platform. We got to do better, man.”
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This came after former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called out this same racist behavior in a column for The Hollywood Reporter.
“These famous, outspoken people share the same scapegoat logic as all oppressive groups from Nazis to the KKK: all our troubles are because of bad-apple groups that worship wrong, have the wrong complexion, come from the wrong country, are the wrong gender or love the wrong gender,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “It’s so disheartening to see people from groups that have been violently marginalized do the same thing to others without realizing that perpetuating this kind of bad logic is what perpetuates racism.”
We applaud these two legendary athletes for having the courage to call out the racism that is being perpetuated by their own community.