Former NBA star Karl Malone says he’s “sick and tired” of black communities “waiting on someone to come march on our behalf,” and argued that blacks need to stop using race as an excuse for not taking responsibility for their own lives.
“We need to look in our mirror ourselves, stop waiting on someone to come march on our behalf, take ownership in ourself, make our community better and stop looking for a handout,” Mr. Malone said in an interview last week with The Huffington Post. “Do something about it yourself that you can control.”
His comments came in direct response to remarks made by Charles Barkley in December, in which he criticized the anti-police demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
“We, as black people, we got a lot of crooks,” Mr. Barkley said at the time. “We can’t just wait until something like this happens. We got to look ourselves in the mirror.”
Mr. Malone said he fully agreed with Mr. Barkley’s assessment.
“Stop using that excuse about race,” Mr. Malone said. “I am sick and tired that every time you turn around, that’s what we dangle. Everybody can dangle it.
“Race goes both ways. It really goes both ways,” he added. “Our problem now is we do so much talking and beating things to death. Let’s take ownership in our self. What can we do? What can we do as a society, what can we do as African Americans? And stop waiting on someone to come in and march for us. Be your person and own up to what you need to do and handle your business, and I think it’d be better. I have nothing wrong with what Charles said because I believe him as well.”