Below is a statement from a Jamaica resident (Cambria Heights) and their viewpoint of Jamaica and the nonsense that goes on too often within communities of color. I could not agree with this person more, but of course, if I made this statement, I would be crucified, BUT wait, I have made statements similar to this. Following this is a comment by Charles Barkley that I am sure rubs people the wrong way, because “reality” and “the truth” always do.
“I deeply appreciate what you are doing. I have lived in the Cambria Heights community for 20 years and I am watching it slide into decline because of the crappy people and politicians in the area. This community is apathetic and accepting of all kinds of depravity and BS. I notice a correlation between the number of renters and the degeneration of the community. Illegal rentals need to be addressed too. These slumlords pack in section 8 or low income families into properties in the middle of stable neighborhoods. Their children come with discipline issues and emotional problems. They litter the streets, play their music too loud, fix cars in the street and destroy the properties they live in. The renters don’t want to live somewhere decent. They want everywhere to be pulled down to their level.
Black people in this country have been beaten into submission. They don’t feel comfortable unless they are living in a crap hole ghetto. The ghetto is in people’s hearts and minds. Wherever they go, there the ghetto is. The bad apples destroy communities and ruin the value of hard working families properties. It’s impossible to have a stable, economic base in a black community because the people won’t allow it. White people don’t allow this to happen in their communities. They understand the value of their investment in their homes. Our communities could be the same if we draw the line and say no the the bullshit. Instead, everyone is afraid to say anything in case they get shot. The destructive pathologies in black communities must be addressed if we are to really move forward in a positive direction.”
Also an interesting comment was made by NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who is known for being outspoken and getting right to the point.
From The Wrap:
Charles Barkley is dishing out some tough love for what he describes as ”unintelligent” African-Americans who embrace thug culture and criticize others for not being “black enough.”
Barkley, an NBA Hall of Famer and TV analyst with TNT, made the comments in response to a question regarding a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t seen as “black enough” by some of his NFL teammates.
“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough,” Barkley said. “If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person.”
He made the controversial comments in an interview with CBS Philadelphia radio’s “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis.”
“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success,” he continued. “It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school and they’re successful … It’s just typical B.S. that goes on when you’re a black, man.” He also described the situation as ”a dirty, dark secret.”
Barkley is known for being outspoken. He recently defended the NFL’ Adrian Peterson, who is accused of physically abusing his son, noting that “we spank kids in the South.”
Listen to Barkley’s interview below.