Charles Barkley has the right to speak on all things basketball related as a Hall of Fame former player and analyst. That isn’t stopping the “Round Mound of Rebound” from injecting his opinions on race matters in the country, and his latest doozy of a thought is that it appears Barkley thinks young Black men being shot by police is a result of Black on Black crime.
Barkley was a guest on EPSN’s Mike & Mike program Tuesday morning and expressed some views he’s been holding on to regarding the uneven incidents of Black people being targeted and shot by police. Although it’s been shown in several capacities that the racial disparity is beyond glaring and the shootings were even unprovoked, Barkley’s suggestion that cops are nervous as a result of Black on Black just sounds ludicrous.
“We’ve got to work out our relationships with the cops. We don’t want young Black men killed by the cops. But also, we’ve got to take some personal responsibility with all the Black on Black crime going on in our own community. The cops come in there. When they make mistakes, we need to hold them accountable. But also, we’ve got to understand (police) come in there. They’re nervous. They’re hyper. They’re gonna make some mistakes. That doesn’t excuse it, but we gotta take some personal responsibility,” Barkley said while on the program.
The legendary hoops star also goes on to say that athletes should visit the White House when invited because of respect for the office and excusing the person in charge. It all comes from a place of “go along to get along” but doesn’t place the proper blame on systemic racism, bigotry, and flat out unprofessionalism of the nervous men behind the trigger.
Thank goodness Charles Barkley is on the case. That’s sarcasm for those of you in the cheap seats.