Charles Barkley has never hidden his disdain for the population of blacks that he feels give people in his pedigree a bad name. He has vocalized on many occasions his frustration with the black community when it comes to lack of education, motivation or loyalty to stagnation. Based on his observations, blacks who are at a disadvantage have nobody to blame but themselves. Clearly they are not hardworking, smart or ambitious enough to garner an acceptable level of success.
His sentiments have been transferred over to the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, but this time his comments are glaringly uneven.
When speaking with CNN on Tuesday, Barkley refused to retract or tame his strong opinions about protestors who have been holding court ever since the grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.
Barkley insisted that the people who are standing their ground and demonstrating their dismay at the level of violence being doled out by law enforcement are “scumbags”. He is in full support of the police and thinks it’s “ridiculous” that anyone would accuse them of “just killing black people”.
Barkley seems to be reading from the same cue cards Rudy Giuliani uses for his arguments. He expressed his loyalty to law enforcement to CNN, ‘The cops are awesome”. They’re the only thing in the ghetto between this place being the Wild Wild West.
He goes on to highlight the fact that racial strife has always been an issue but is never tackled until “something bad happens”. That might be the only sensible statement Barkley uttered during the interview.
But then he detours into an infectious rant that aims to decimate the valiant work of freedom fighters both at home and abroad — “There are some black people out there who are cooks, and when the police come to your neighborhood, it’s a tense situation”. “There’s a reason they racially profile us at times. Sometimes it’s wrong, sometimes it’s right. To act like we have no responsibility for some of this stuff is disingenuous”.
Regardless of whether they are perpetrators who are engaged in unlawful conduct, the fact remains that blacks are not the only ones who tend to be disobedient, but yet the black community is always targeted and African-American males are being slaughtered with no consequences. Barkley’s comments seem to amplify the reasons why police officers callously patrol areas with a heavy concentration of blacks – all in an effort to mercilessly punish supposed criminals who are not even given a chance to defend themselves. They are branded as guilty based on the color of their skin and where they live. Perhaps if Barkley had a run in that hit too close to home, maybe he would be willing to be more open-minded and less judgmental.