NBA legend #CharlesBarkley has no problem with getting things off of his chest. In a recent interview, he decided to explain why he isn’t particularly interested in impressing black people who question his “blackness.” “I don’t worry about that. Listen, my track record speaks for itself,” Barkley began. “The one thing I’ve learned as a Black man is every time I say something that is not 100 percent in agreement with the Black community there’s a faction that goes crazy.”
Barkley then went in on black people who want him to prove his blackness. He used his million dollar donations to Morehouse College and Clark-Atlanta University and Alabama A&M University as examples.
“People say to me, ‘Man, did you just give a million dollars to a Historically Black College?’ I say ‘Yeah.’ And they say, ‘Well, why didn’t you tell anybody?’ and I say ‘I’m not trying to impress those co**s*ckers.’ I just gave Morehouse, Clark Atlanta and Alabama A&M in Huntsville. A million dollars to help black kids go to college. I just gave Auburn two million to recruit black kids. I’m good with my blackness. Listen, man, one thing I understand about being black and famous is a lot of black people are full of sh**. I’m good with that.”
*Clutches pearls* Sheesh, Chuckie! Is that really how you feel?! Roommates, do you think that black celebrities are pressured more to give back to black communities? Why or why not?
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