Black People Who Should Never Speak Publicly On Race Again

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Between the reactions to the Garner/Brown cases, Cosby, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Igloo Australia, and street harassment, the last few months of news have been dominated by stories where race plays a crucial role in both the outcomes of it and the reactions to it. This has resulted in many different conversations about race, and many different people offering their takes on race. Many of these takes have been public. Some even on national TV. Sometimes, Black people are asked to offer their takes. Sometimes these takes are made public. And, some of these Black people should never, ever, ever, ever speak about race again.


10. President Obama

Because he can't win. It must suck knowing that regardless of what you say and how you say it, it's going to piss off tens of millions of people. Expecting him to move off this list in 2017.

9. Don Lemon

Is the one person on this list who should actually continue to speak about race, because it's so damn entertaining every time he does.

8. Bill Cosby

Um, yeah.

7. Charles Barkley

Has been anointed as some cultural arbiter because of his homespun thoughts about basketball games he doesn't actually watch.


6. Pharrell Williams

No new New Black friends for me.

5. Stacey Dash

Went from everyone's celebrity crush to the chick no one wants to invite to game night.


4. Tariq Nasheed

If I need any insights from ex-pimps with bootlegged DVDs I'll just ask my barber.


3. Allen West

Is the real-life version of the Black guy in Die Hard who's working with the terrorists.


2. Ben Carson

Could have actually ran for (and become) president if he stopped actually speaking after 2006. He should do a transplant on his tongue.


1. Crystal Wright (GOP Black Chick)

Is the worst. No, seriously. Is literally the worst. Nothing, not cottage cheese, not Big Sean, not gout is worse than her.


Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)



Chris Rock however, should just run for president at this point. or be a 60 minutes investigative journalist like he wants to be. he wins for best comments on race, culture, and anything ever. every year. love him.