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Black parents in America have long held the burden of sitting their young black boys and girls down to have “the talk” — a conversation that while necessary, reminds them that they will be treated differently by law enforcement just because of the color of their skin.
And we found out yesterday the mayor of New York City, a white man, wasn’t exempt from that responsibility.
Following the announcement that a Staten Island grand jury would not bring charges against the officer who strangled 43-year-old Eric Garner in July, Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled his appearance at the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting to address the mistakes his own police force has made in dealing with communities full of black and brown faces.
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Editor’s Note: NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley’s comments about recent events in Ferguson, Mo. have prompted a strong reaction from many, including Kenny Smith, his friend and fellow analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”
Smith addressed Barkley’s remarks in an open letter submitted exclusively to For The Win. The letter is featured below in its entirety:
I hope this finds you in the way I always see you, in great spirits, with great joy and full of life. There are some things I want to openly say to you that sometimes in conversation get lost.
Firstly I lied! You ARE the greatest Power Forward of all time. It’s not (Tim) Duncan or (Karl) Malone, they had size and height that you weren’t blessed with and you never had near the talent around you that they were blessed to have. Contrarily you took your…
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