Charles Barkley rarely keeps opinions to himself. He also doesn’t care who’s upset by it (see Charles Barkley’s Epic Rant Against People Using “The Race Card”… and Charles Barkley: ‘Black People Have Always Voted Dem…And They’re Still Poor!’).
He spoke out recently about #BlackLivesMatter and everything terrible (pronounced “turribbul”) that’s happened over the past two weeks, and just… dang.
I’m not going to get on TV and yell like all these other idiots. I’m willing to sit down with anybody and have constructive criticism. I always tell myself as a black man: ‘Am I part of the problem or part of the solution?’ If I’m out doing illegal stuff, stupid stuff, I’m part of the problem. If I’m helping young black kids go to college like I’m trying to do, if I’m giving money to causes to help young men, I know I’m part of the solution. I’m not perfect, I’m not trying to be perfect, but you have to ask yourself: ‘Are you part of the problem or are you part of the solution?’
I respect and admire what cops do. My bodyguard is a cop, a black cop. We talk about situations all the time. One of the problems with this stuff is the media—all these people are Monday morning quarterbacks. Do you know what they are, Dan? They’re Monday morning quarterbacks, because they don’t have the stones to play on Sunday. Everybody says what I would do or what I should do. I think some of these cops are panicking under pressure. I had a real in-depth conversation with my bodyguard about the gun thing in Minnesota. You know, Dan, I’m a gun guy, and he always warns me. He says, ‘Do not put your ID where your gun is.’ He says, ‘What I think…’ He says, ‘Whether we think the cop is right or wrong…’ First of all, everything is happening in fast motion. Everybody gets to sit back and see what happens. He says, ‘What I think happened is that guy said, Can I have your ID?’ And then the next thing he said is, ‘I have a gun,’ and he reaches. And I think the cop just panicked.
— Radio Raheem (@AlexJSmith123) July 14, 2016
Charles Barkley basically blamed black people for the recent police shootings https://t.co/FeQkQiNHMk
— Salon.com (@Salon) July 14, 2016
@Salon Look at his face. Charles Barkley is a wife abuser and cheater. He has no credibility.
— JPierre (@jp6882) July 14, 2016
@Mediaite Yep..guess we should do better starting with knowing that slavery WAS in fact bad to which Barkley seems to disagree.
— Nykko (@NykkoKn) July 17, 2016
This is why we don’t take leftist opinions seriously. “I have a different opinion” to them equals “I <3 slavery.” In your heart of hearts can you honestly say that what Mr. Barkley has expressed here is anything other than reasonable? It sounds like somebody genuinely trying to educate the black community on practices that could save their lives, does it not?
Yet that’s met with more derision and anger than yelling “lynch the police.” Who knew?