In a lengthy CNN interview recorded on Tuesday, Charles Barkley elaborated on his views on the events in Ferguson and defended the harsh comments he made on radio, calling people who torched buildings in Ferguson “scumbags” because “when you’re looting people’s property, that’s what you are”. He added that some blacks degrade successful African-Americans too often as being not black enough.
Barkley also agreed with the grand jury’s decision not to indict the white former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown — a black teenager. Barkley repeatedly stated that he doesn’t believe white cops are out to shoot black people because of racism. “That’s ridiculous”, he added. Noting that “we never discuss race until something bad happens”, Barkley observed, that “everybody wants to protect their own tribe, whether they are right or wrong”. He added:
We as black people, we have a lot of crooks. We can’t just wait until something like (the Brown shooting) happens. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror. There is a reason that they racially profile us in the way they do. Sometimes it is wrong, and sometimes it is right.
Barkley criticized the rioters in Ferguson who set buildings and police cars on fire and believes they were set on destruction, no matter the grand jury’s decision. They should be like the majority of the people who took to the streets in Ferguson and elsewhere or like the NFL players who held up their hands in protest before a game, he suggested and added:
Anybody who walks out peacefully, who protests peacefully, that’s what this country was built on. But to be burning people’s property, burning police cars, looting people’s stores, that is 100% ridiculous.
Here is the interview:
1. In an interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Charles Barkley defended comments he made on radio recently that people who torched buildings in Ferguson are “scumbags”.
2. Barkley elaborated: “when you’re looting people’s property, that’s what you are”.
3. Barkley said: “We have to look at ourselves in the mirror. There is a reason that they racially profile us in the way they do. Sometimes it is wrong, and sometimes it is right.”
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