John Carlos | New York Daily News / HERMANN, MARC, A.
A comment by TONY SEED
John Carlos and Charles Barkley are both “mavericks”, but only one ever put his life and livelihood on the line. Both have political opinions, one progressive and the other crude and self-serving. The former are little known, the latter are widely propagated. One champions popular resistance to state-sanctioned murder, the other police impunity. One gets by, the other is a big property owner and businessman, who enriched himself by capitalizing on his considerable skills through professional sport and TV, with an estimated net worth of $30 million. One website says he pulled in an obscene $46 million between November 2013 and November 2014, a nearly $20 million lead over his closest competition amongst pro athletes: Continue reading
“Once you were not afraid to ask that all-important question: ‘Who’s afraid of a large black man?’ Tragically, it now seems like the answer might be you.” ETAN THOMAS, a former professional basketball player who played nine seasons in the NBA, an author and radio host. While playing with the Washington Wizards, he spoke out against the Anglo-American war in Iraq at anti-war rallies as well as through his poetry.
Charles Barkley, former NBA player and current TNT studio analyst, on horseback, accompanied by friend | AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
December 3, 2014
Let me say first that you are among the basketball greats. I remember rooting for you in the ’93 Championship Series against the Bulls along with one of my hometown heroes Richard Dumas. You have achieved a level of success on the court that will be cemented in the basketball history books permanently. Eleven NBA All-Star Game appearances, twice All-Star MVP, once voted NBA MVP, one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Dream Team, two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. You are basketball royalty.
Your book Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? is sitting on my bookshelf right now. It’s a powerful book that takes on the issue of race and racism in a way that many would’ve shied away from.
“Racism,” you said, “is the biggest cancer of my lifetime. And I know I can’t cure the cancer, but doesn’t somebody have to attack it?”