And, the sentiment is turning heads, to say the least.
Speaking as a guest on ESPN’s “The Dan Le Batard Show,” Barkley discussed his views on culpability in the wake of violence:
“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, that don’t give us the right to riot and shoot cops.”
Then Barkley stated the need for police in the black community:
“We need the cops, especially in the black community. We as black people, we’ve got to do better.”
Barkley then made the following controversial statement to host Dan Le Batard:
“There is some reason why there’s racial stereotypes,” because “some black people are crooks.”
“Some of these black people out there are committing crimes,” Barkley said. “Let’s don’t sit there and act like all our hands are clean.”
“I’ve always said we as black people, if you want respect, you’ve got to give each other respect. You can’t demand respect from white people and the cops if we don’t respect each other.”
Le Batard told the former NBA player that he “can’t be profiling like that.”
Barkley took some heat for the interview and his stance:
Reminder that Charles Barkley also doesn’t think slavery was that bad
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) July 13, 2016
Conservative pundit Larry Elder agreed with Barkley and made a sarcastic comment:
“We never get mad when black people kill each other, which has always bothered me.”
Another “Uncle Tom”?#FactsAreRacist
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) July 13, 2016
Others lauded Barkley’s opinions:
Another person who would make a better Trump VP than Newt, Pence or Flynn: CHARLES BARKLEY: http://bit.ly/29ATFsH
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 13, 2016
@Salon Charles Barkley is right!We as Afro Americans have to do better !If we want better we must do better! Become proactive get involved ????
— bonnie Davis (@bonnieD57063479) July 13, 2016
@theblaze Voice of common sense!
— Connie D. (@Connield365D) July 13, 2016
The full interview is chock full of more controversial statements by Barkley:
Source: independent journal
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