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

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Charles Barkley I May be WrongMichael Brown and Ferguson

When the grand jury did not bring back an indictment against officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Barkley said: “The true story came out from the grand jury testimony,” saying he believed Wilson and witnesses favorable to his story over others who said Brown was shot with his hands up. He added he was swayed by “key forensic evidence, and several Black witnesses who supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story … [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. 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?”

Then he called the disgruntled citizens of Ferguson who vandalized businesses in pain, anger and fear “scumbags.”

 

Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman stalked and then shot and killed the unarmed teenager in 2012, went to trial and was found not guilty, breaking the hearts of many in Black communities across the country. Not Barkley’s. “Well, I agree with the verdict,” he told CNBC. “I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night. Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue, he was racial profiling, but I think Trayvon Martin — God rest his soul — I think he did flip the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation.”

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