Kenny Smith Writes Open Letter To Charles Barkley On Ferguson, Even Though He’s Sitting RIGHT THERE
So it's Slap Charles Barkley Week, and now here's Kenny Smith -- Barkley's co-host on TNT's Inside The NBA, removing the white glove and challenging Chuck to a duel.
Smith has written an open letter to Barkley, criticizing both his views on the Ferguson decision and the media's culpability in spreading those opinions. All of this makes us wonder ... why an open letter? Barkley sits RIGHT NEXT TO YOU.
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However, what I consistently find interesting is how writers and media members view your insights in politics, and now race relations, with the same reverence as your insights in sports.
They did it in the Trayvon Martin trial and now with Mike Brown and the decision in Ferguson. It’s not that you shouldn’t ever have an opinion, but you are often quoted alongside the likes of Al Sharpton and even President Obama. I would hope that Sharpton or President Obama would never be referenced with you when picking the next NBA Champs!
The body of work that our Black Civil Rights leaders put in by planning, executing and activating does not justify you being in the comparison. While your body of work on the court very few compare to nor should be mentioned when you are giving your expert analysis.
OK, it seems as if Smith is ripping the media more than he is Barkley, but he makes a good point. As Olympics icon John Carlos noted in an earlier post, Barkley doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to Ferguson, so should just keep his mouth shut.
That's something, of course, that he's never mastered.
I was also disheartened to see the reaction of burning buildings and looters by some. However, when you are in “The Struggle” to not expect that that potential reaction is foolish on our part.
The real issue is learning to positively put your anger in anger management so you can be heard. It’s not that they are “scumbags”, their emotions won’t allow them to rationally think through their anger. I applaud that you have done a great job in your anger management in recent times but not always.