'The thing that I want to do is try to make it better, especially with the cops,' says Barkley

By Rachel DeSantis
October 25, 2016 at 04:08 PM EDT

As racial tension grows across the U.S., Charles Barkley is facing the issue head-on in The Race Card.

In a new promo for his new TNT series, which will air in 2017, Barkley opens up about race and why he felt now was the time to bring his idea to life.

“Race has been the biggest problem of my adult life and I want to provide a conversation,” the former basketball star says to the camera. “People never talk about race until something bad happens. And then all they do is yell and scream. The thing that I want to do is try to make it better, especially with the cops. Because the police aren’t always bad guys.”

Barkley also calls out Hollywood for its failure to aid in destigmatizing different ethnicities. “Hollywood does an awful job,” he says. “If you’re a Muslim, you know you’re going to be portrayed negatively.”

This is not about black and white. It’s about Hispanics, it’s about Muslims, it’s about Jewish people. It’s about everybody. We’re all in this thing together.”

Barkley, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, currently appears on TNT as a studio analyst for the network’s coverage of the NBA.

Watch the promo for The Race Card below.