By Nisha Thomas
It has been about a year and a half since brash sports pundit and former NBA baller Charles Barkley gave Morehouse College $1 million in order to support the school’s recently added sports and journalism program, and now he is giving donations to two more HBCU’s.
The ex-NBA baller announced on Giving Tuesday that he would be giving $1 million to Alabama A&M University of Huntsville, Ala., as well as Clark-Atlanta University of Atlanta, Ga.
“We are delighted to receive this generous gift from Mr. Barkley,” said Clark Atlanta President Dr. Ronald A. Johnson. “This gift reflects Charles Barkley’s tremendous heart and his desire to make a significant, positive and lasting difference in the lives of others.”
“This is a transformational gift to the institution and a true measure of Mr. Barkley’s commitment to advancing educational opportunities,” said that president of Alabama A&M, Andrew Hugine Jr. Barkley’s pledge is marked as the largest individual gift to Alabama A&M in the school’s 141-year history.
Yes, he has done some “good in the hood,” however, this doesn’t exempt the fact that he recently made headlines for more foolish comments geared toward the Black community.
Barkley recently went to visit Southern Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland, and things took an awkward turn for the worst during his appearance. While speaking with Diane Butler, the mother of Tyrone West, who was killed by police three years ago, the former baller said this:
“I’m sorry for your loss,” said Barkley, then he continued on by saying, “As far as you not liking me, it really doesn’t bother me. I’m used to it. I’m like the homecoming queen. All the ugly girls hate you. That’s part of my life. I never take anything personally.”
From that point on, the meeting had completely deteriorated and audience members showed their irritation to Barkley by insulting his lack of knowledge when it comes to Baltimore’s policing, as well as his arrogant attitude.
“What does your condolence mean to her?” said one audience member, gesturing toward Butler. “How simple and arrogant are you? There are so many Black men that care about our community that for us to dwell on one man that just won’t get it is a waste of everybody’s time.”
The evening came to an end with several activists shouting at Barkley in anger. He was then “whisked off the stage by staff and security after wishing the audience a Happy Thanksgiving.”
So, what are your thoughts on the news of him donating a total of $2 million to two HBCU’s in just the last several days? Is this to make up for the Tom-Coonery that took place in Maryland?
Comment below and tell me what you’re thinking.