Former Auburn star and NBA legend Charles Barkley is taking on a big project that might be perfectly suited to his pull-no-punches persona.
Barkley has agreed to star in a series on TNT provocatively called The Race Card, in which he will tackle some of the hot-button issues of the day that have the country so polarized. The initial plan for the show is six, one-hour episodes to air in 2017 in which Barkley will interview people, get to know their view of the world and challenge some deeply held beliefs.
This excerpt from a press release from TNT describes the idea for the show:
In The Race Card, Charles Barkley wants 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. Each week, 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 is widely regarded as one of the best players in NBA history. He retired from the game in 2000 and has been a part of the TNT studio team covering the NBA for years.
“We as Americans never discuss the issue of race in this country and how it impacts everything in our lives until something bad happens,” Barkley said in the press release. “I see this project as a way to talk about race, class and cultural differences and challenge everyone’s status quo.”