Cowboys star Wide Receiver, Dez Bryant, has a message that could get him in a lot of trouble with America’s rabid politically correct culture. The NFL superstar took to his Facebook page to share his heart about race relations in America, and about the black community’s response to the problems they face.
“First and foremost, I would like to say I do a great job of minding my own business, but it’s pressing on my heart to share my thoughts about white Americans and black Americans (racism). I saw a person quote Charles Barkley when he said, ‘We as black people, we’re never going to be successful not because you white people, but because of other black people.’ I hate to admit it, but I understand that quote.”
Barkley made those comments back in 2014 when he blamed “unintelligent” and “brainwashed” blacks for keeping the entire community “down.”
“Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It’s a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it’s coming out.”
Barkley said that young black men who do well in school are accused of “acting white” by their peers. “One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it’s a dirty, dark secret.”
Bryant continued, explaining that he too had been racially profiled before but that he chose to not allow the experience to hold him back.
“I’ve been racial profiled on numerous occasions but not once has it influence an ill feeling inside me about anyone outside of that issue. REAL SLAVERY is different from what’s going on in our world now. We all (every ethnicity) have the opportunity to lead by EXAMPLE. Instead of making videos about the history of racism that get applause or people with influence merely doing things to post for social media, we should focus on individual accountability to be better as a whole.”
Finally, Bryant used a personal anecdote to drive his point home. Why, he wondered, did the black community seem to respect negative stereotypes within their own community more than the positive examples who achieve true success?
I recently ran into a guy I grew up with who spend his adulthood dealing drugs. While we were catching up he shared with me that he wished that he chose a different and better path. He said seeing my success was inspiring and that it encouraged him to do better with his life.
Real question what is wrong with being sophisticated and black? Why do we associate those who choose the straight and narrow as not being “black enough”? Why was it that I was one of the first examples of success to my friend? We focus hard on fighting the realities that exist instead of creating our own reality. The ones who came for us (Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X) paved a new path for us to follow. The struggles and hurt they endured created new life for us today. It is not our job to carry the burden, but it is our job to lead by example.
Not that my opinion matters. I’m just sharing my thoughts.”
For all of his efforts, Bryant has immediately faced backlash. Sports pundit Shannon Sharpe responded by telling Bryant he was “wrong” and doing the black community a “disservice” by telling them to take personal responsibility and to be more accountable for their own situation. Sharped argues that the past 400 years of history have placed a tremendous burden on most African-Americans, a burden they apparently can’t overcome without promoting white guilt.
“Dez, you are wrong as this,” Sharpe argued. “You do a disservice to a lot of African-Americans in this country when you say we need to take more accountability when we are not in position to do a whole lot because of what’s been placed upon us for the last 400 years.”