Former NBA star Charles Barkley has never been known as a shrinking violet or a man who minces words. He’s also been known to go his own way when the situation warrants it. When it comes to race relations, Sir Charles frequently takes positions that are not always popular – or correct – but at least he encourages an open mind about getting to the bottom of things.
With the latest flare-up of Black Lives Matter following the shootings of two black men by police, the old charges of “racism” and racial profiling have cropped up again. On Tuesday, Barkley was a guest on Dan Lebatard’s show on ESPN. As usual, Sir Charles did not toe the party line of all cops are racist, and all blacks are treated unfairly because of the color of their skin. Courtesy of BizPakReview:
“We’ve got to do better,” he said.
“There’s a lot of people at fault,” he claimed …
“The cops have made some mistakes; black people have made some mistakes. We have to sit back and be honest with each other. The cops have made some mistakes, [but] that don’t give us the right to riot and shoot cops.”
“We need the cops, especially in the black community. We as black people, we’ve got to do better.”
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“We never get mad when black people kill each other.”
One thing that we the people appreciate about Sir Charles is the way he just lays the elephant in the room out for all to hear. That has been noted, along with his statement that stereotypes are grounded in truth. Barkley’s conclusions may be erroneous, but at least he isn’t jumping to conclusions and blaming everyone under the sun for the pathologies of the black community while giving the same people carte blanche.
Yes, everyone has to do better. That is a challenge we all should take seriously.