8 Times Charles Barkley Said Something Ludicrous About Black People and Race

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Since Michael Brown was killed on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, 14 other unarmed Black teenagers have been killed by cops. But Barkley says: “The notion that white cops are out there just killing Black people is ridiculous. It’s flat-out ridiculous. I challenge any Black person to make that point. Cops are absolutely awesome. They’re the only thing in the ghetto (separating this place) from this place being the Wild, Wild West.”

 

Eric Garner

Garner was killed by a cop via choking as he said to him and the other Staten Island officers, “I can’t breathe.” The grand jury elected not to indict the officer. It was caught on tape and seemed to be a blatant example of excessive force. Not to Barkley, however. “I don’t think that was a homicide. I think the cops were trying to arrest him and they got a little aggressive,” Barkley told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “I think excessive force—something like that—but to go straight to murder? When the cops are trying to arrest you, if you fight back, things go wrong. I don’t think they were trying to kill Mr. Garner. He was a big man and they were trying to get him down.”

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