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Of course race is not a simple topic, and each discussion heads in its own direction. Tiger Woods speaks both of his biracial identity and of how moving it was to see the black staff at Augusta National lined up to see him put on the green jacket as Masters champion. George Lopez talks about the pressures of creating a breakthrough Latino sitcom in an almost all-white industry. Film producer Peter Guber surprises Barkley when he says that he made The Color Purple out of economic self-interest, not idealism. Many of the discussions turn, like Guber's, not to traditional civil rights but to economics, which Rabbi Steven Leder calls the real "last taboo subject in America." It's clear that the audience Barkley most hopes to reach with this book is the young black men and women that he and many of his interview subjects are concerned about. "We're losing," activist Marian Wright Edelman tells him, "and if we don't stop this trend, we're going to be headed back to slavery." Barkley's celebrity subjects can provide some models for success for those readers, but one also hopes Barkley can continue the conversation by turning the spotlight on those struggling with the problems of race outside the sometimes protective glare of fame. --Tom Nissley
Who's Afraid of Talking to a Large Black Man?
Throughout his career, Charles Barkley has always been willing--quite willing--to call it as he sees it, making him one of the most quotable athletes of his era and, many have suggested, a future political candidate. He's as happy talking issues as talking hoops, and for his new book, Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man? he sat down for conversations across the country about the troublesome topic of race in America. We had our own conversation on the subject with Sir Charles: Read it to find why he wrote the book, what he tells his own biracial daughter about race, and why he thinks sports can be a model for race relations.
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Great read. Haven't finished it yet, but so far I'm really liking it. Charles Barkley is super crazy, but I really like him.Published 11 months ago by Tisha Estes
I loved this book! It really opened my eyes to some things that had evaded my attention in our culture. Did I agree with everything that was in the book? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ashton Herrod
This is a fascinating exploration of race and class in America. It is one of the best books on the subject I have read.Published 23 months ago by Coach
I was surprised by the candor and humor. Can't wait until his next book!! It was required reading for a college class, but I'm glad it was assigned.Published on March 16, 2013 by Lorenzo Hill
I just finished reading "Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man" for the 2nd time in several years. Why? Barkley has managed to present a subject to the reader that no one wants to talk... Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by K. Kaolin
Charles believes dialogue is the best place to start to battle prejudice and racism and this book is an excellent conversation starter. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Brian
After the Tiger Woods lie about being tied to a tree and his teacher didn't save him, I was wondering if there was any fact checking to this book. Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by Jason Benson