During the most recent taping of his radio show D.L. Hughley got on top of comments Dez Bryant made about Black people being accountable for the conditions of the Black community earlier this week, and reposted the episode on his Facebook page with a caption that read: "If he couldn't run, jump, or catch and Charles [Barkley] couldn't dribble a basketball, and I couldn't tell jokes, we would be in the same situation we look down on people for."
Hughley, who is celebrated by many for his speaking progressively on social and political issues, singled out Sage Steele, Ray Lewis, Stephen A. Smith, Charles Barkley and Lil Wayne before adding Bryant to the list of Black athletes, journalists, and entertainers who tend to blame Black people for what they tolerate for themselves and how they treat one another. He then gave examples of other racial and ethnic groups who are currently under fire for the mistreatment of their own people, pointing out Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Bashar Al Assad in Syria, and questioned why is it that Bryant, like Barkley, Smith, Steele and company, specify the moral compass of their own people when the dynamics of lawlessness and proximity are relatively the same.
"Do you know who you are most likely to get killed by? Somebody you know, and live with. But they make it seem as if because, like Black people have this moral failing that makes us more sinister than everybody else," Hughley said. "You weren't born inferior. And when you say things like that, you give people who believe they are superior to you leeway to think it."
D.L.'s focus on Dez comes days after Bryant took to Instagram admitting that the issue of race had been heavy on his mind of late and professed that he will no longer hold his tongue about his position that Blacks ultimately need to stop blaming Whites for the predicament they find themselves in. Dez opened up on his own dysfunctional upbringing and his newfound success as an example of the success Black people can enjoy if only they focus on their individual goals and intentions, at one point stating that despite having been the victim of profiling on many occasions, not once did one of those instances make him reflect on white people as a whole in any way.
Bryant's remarks, which he claims were inspired by a quote he read from Charles Barkley, have been criticized by several professionals in media, including Fox Sports 1's Shannon Sharpe, who started off his response to the remarks by saying, "When it comes to basketball, please quote Charles Barkley. But when it comes to race in America please do not quote Charles Barkley."