Charles Barkley and “The Race Card”
Charles Barkley will host New series on TNT called “The Race Card”
According to the TNT press release, the series will air in 2017 and will consist of six hour-long episodes. The press release expressed that, “Charles Barkley has had enough. The America that he knew has lost its way, becoming mired in partisan politics, social divides and entrenched corporate interests.”
A Complex.com article by Michael Arceneaux, reminds us how “Barkley has claimed that he felt George Zimmerman did not deserve to be found guilty, defended Ferguson police officers in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting, and argued that he didn’t think Eric Garner’s death ought to be classified as a homicide“.
“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 ’cause they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful. It’s crabs in a barrel. … We’re the only ethnic group that says, ‘hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ “
According to TNT’s press release: “In The Race Card, Charles Barkley wants to bust up the echo chamber mentality that so often has people retreating to corners of the like-minded, where views are reinforced and ideas are distorted into angry, unexamined groupthink conclusions”.
CBS Sports also published an excerpt from the press release:
Each week, Barkley will take on the rapidly calcifying positions around today’s hot-button topics. He will seek out the sharpest and most varied viewpoints from today’s cultural leaders and tastemakers. He will then challenge and probe those ideas, even trying them out on himself.
No idea presented on “The Race Card” will be left in the abstract. Barkley will put ideas on their feet, with real-world proof-of-concept tests that will engage people and expose the truth behind their closely held beliefs. In the end, Barkley will reach his own conclusions guided only by his own wits and common-sense wisdom.
“We as Americans never discuss the issue of race in this country and how it impacts everything in our lives until something bad happens,” Barkley said. “I see this project as a way to talk about race, class and cultural differences and challenge everyone’s status quo.”
In light of Barkley’s extreme comments and stances, paired with the criticism he’s received from critics such as Michael Arceneaux, “The Race Card” is undoubtedly a must watch series.