Charles Barkley has been given another platform from his employer TNT to address his outspoken views on race in America. He is going from Inside The NBA panelist to becoming the host of the upcoming series The Race Card on the network.
For the six-episode series, the premise is to analyze the racial divide in America. According to TVLine, the series will have the Round Mound of Rebound traveling around the U.S. to “bust up the echo chamber mentality that so often has people retreating to corners of the like-minded, where views are reinforced and ideas are distorted into angry, unexamined groupthink conclusions.”
They also describe Barkley will “take on the rapidly calcifying positions around today’s hot-button topics. He will seek out the sharpest and most varied viewpoints from today’s cultural leaders and tastemakers. He will then challenge and probe those ideas, even trying them out on himself.”
Barkley also spoke on the opportunity to discuss the current state of race relations in the country:
"We as Americans never discuss the issue of race in this country and how it impacts everything in our lives until something bad happens. I see this as a project as a way to talk about race, class, and cultural differences and challenge everyone's status quo."
In recent years, Barkley has been critical of activists for the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as police officers who have either been acquitted or convicted of killing black civilians.
The Race Card is set to air in early 2017.