Charles Barkley: Rioters are 'scumbags'

Charles Barkley isn’t afraid to speak truth to power.  The man has integrity – a rare commodity these days.

Case in point: with regard to Ferguson, Barkley has been unafraid to call rioters and looters “scumbags.”  Nor has he been stingy with praise for police who work in black neighborhoods.

Yahoo News reports:

Former NBA star Charles Barkley recently called Ferguson looters "scumbags," praised police officers who work in black neighborhoods, and said he supports the decision made by the grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting.

During an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the day after the Ferguson decision was announced, host Mike Missanelli asked Barkley about it and why "black America" doesn't trust the ruling.

His response surprised some listeners.

"The true story came out from the grand jury testimony," Barkley said, adding that he was made aware of "key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story..." He continued, "I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other. " 

He also called those who rioted after the decision was announced "scumbags," and said "There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people's businesses, burning down police cars."

And in a marked departure from other prominent black leaders who have questioned tactics used by officers and, in some cases, accused officers of racial profiling and outright racism, Barkley supported police officers, especially those who work in black neighborhoods.

“[W]e have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods," he said. "We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad.... Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn't for the cops?”

Thank you, Mr. Barkley.  We need every voice of reason we can get these days.

(The link to the recent radio interview is here.  It’s about 6 minutes long and well worth a listen, as Barclay addresses a range of critical issues.)

Thomas Lifson adds:

Charles Barkley, thanks to his basketball career, has credibility among many blacks that might scoff at a Thomas Sowell or a Benjamin Carson.  That’s sad but true, and it is a good thing he is speaking out.  I wonder if his words will be heard by the people who need them most.

Charles Barkley isn’t afraid to speak truth to power.  The man has integrity – a rare commodity these days.

Case in point: with regard to Ferguson, Barkley has been unafraid to call rioters and looters “scumbags.”  Nor has he been stingy with praise for police who work in black neighborhoods.

Yahoo News reports:

Former NBA star Charles Barkley recently called Ferguson looters "scumbags," praised police officers who work in black neighborhoods, and said he supports the decision made by the grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting.

During an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the day after the Ferguson decision was announced, host Mike Missanelli asked Barkley about it and why "black America" doesn't trust the ruling.

His response surprised some listeners.

"The true story came out from the grand jury testimony," Barkley said, adding that he was made aware of "key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story..." He continued, "I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other. " 

He also called those who rioted after the decision was announced "scumbags," and said "There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people's businesses, burning down police cars."

And in a marked departure from other prominent black leaders who have questioned tactics used by officers and, in some cases, accused officers of racial profiling and outright racism, Barkley supported police officers, especially those who work in black neighborhoods.

“[W]e have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods," he said. "We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad.... Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn't for the cops?”

Thank you, Mr. Barkley.  We need every voice of reason we can get these days.

(The link to the recent radio interview is here.  It’s about 6 minutes long and well worth a listen, as Barclay addresses a range of critical issues.)

Thomas Lifson adds:

Charles Barkley, thanks to his basketball career, has credibility among many blacks that might scoff at a Thomas Sowell or a Benjamin Carson.  That’s sad but true, and it is a good thing he is speaking out.  I wonder if his words will be heard by the people who need them most.