Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Charles Barkley, wrong on race, Ferguson and Garner - Summary 4


Author Jason Johnson, in his opinion piece "Charles Barkley, wrong on race, Ferguson and Garner," from CNN's opinion section, asserts that Charles Barkley is "an uninformed rich guy who is given way more credibility than he deserves when discussing racial and political issues in America" (Paragraph 3). Johnson condemns Barkley's statements that "we as black people, we have a lot of crooks," and "[t]here is a reason that they racially profile us in the way they do" as being misleading and inaccurately shifting responsibility from the racist system to those oppressed by it (Paragraph 5). He says that Barkley and other people of his standing are too far removed from the issues of most people to accurately comment on happenings. Barkley's comments are indeed far from true and far from the point. Johnson gives examples of other celebrities making similarly uninformed comments, like "Serena Williams on rape... or Luke Scott on Obama" (Paragraph 21). Johnson gets straight to the point, declaring that if Barkley -- or any other high profile and privileged members of society -- want to add their two cents into the "world of politics about Ferguson," then [they] need to get more informed, more prepared and more connected to what [they're] talking about" (Paragraph 23). 

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