Charles Barkley’s Message Not What Black Lives Matter Wants To Hear

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.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.