Charles Barkley discusses the “N-word” on Inside The NBA

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| November 15th, 2013 | 4,836 Views

Matt Barnes was fined $25k for his controversial deleted tweet that he posted after he was ejected from the OKC game for a mini scuffle with Serge Ibaka.  In that tweet he said “i’m DONE standing up for these niggas!” and ironically mentioned that it cost him money.  I’m sure he was thinking his actions on the court was going to cost him money not the statement about money.

Last night on Inside The NBA, Charles and the crew discussed the incident as well as the use of “the N-word.”

“Matt Barnes. There’s no apology needed. I’m a black man. I use the n-word. I’m going to continue to use the n-word with my black friends, with my white friends. They are my friends.”

“What I do with my black friends is not up to white America to dictate to me. The language we use in the locker room, sometimes it’s sexist, sometimes it’s homophobic, and a lot of times it’s racist.  We do that when we’re joking with our teammates, and it’s nothing personal.”

Barkley then goes deeper referencing Paula Deen and talking about “White America” and the “softness” of Blake Griffin who needs to “draw a line in the sand.”

If you enjoyed Barkley’s thoughts on “the N-word” you might want to check out his take on Homophobic statements in this episode of “NBA Open Court” about social issues.

Instead of giving my thoughts on people that say the “N-Word,” I’m just going to share this video of one of my favorite comedians Louis CK who feels exactly how I do.  I highly recommend you watch it.


If you want to hear a totally different take on the word, enter Skip Bayless who posted this article today.  Here’s a snippet

This is strictly one man’s opinion – one white man’s. Take it or leave it. But know from the start this opinion of an impossibly complex issue comes from the most real and raw depth of my being.

This is very personal, as you will see.

This is about the N-word.

To me, it is the most despicable word in the English language – verbal evil – and I cannot bring myself to speak it even when explaining to the editor of this column why I detest it. I have long wished the N-word could be eradicated, that it could die the death it deserves, and as a white man, I’ve never been able to quite get comfortable hearing the new-school use of the N-word, ending in “a,” spoken with affection by black people to black people.

God help us if today’s rampant use of the N-word – by rappers and athletes and movie-makers black and white – is subliminally signaling to white kids that it’s somehow OK to view black people in remotely the same way many of this country’s forefathers did: as subhumans mostly suited for enslaving and serving a superior race


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