Earlier this week, former NBA star Charles Barkley expressed his honest feelings about the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, and now, he’s speaking out again about race relations in America.
In an interview with CNN following his brutally honest remarks about Ferguson and the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown case, Barkley candidly expressed his feelings on the racial divide in America.
“We as black people, we got a lot of crooks,” Barkley told CNN reporter Brooke Baldwin, continuing to discuss issues like racial profiling. “There's a reason they racially profile us at times. Sometimes it's wrong, sometimes it’s right.”
Barkley spoke openly to Baldwin about his feelings and said he doesn’t believe that all white cops are trying to target black people.
“That's ridiculous,” Barkley bluntly stated.
“We can't just wait until something like (the Brown shooting) happens,” said Barkley. “We have to look at ourselves in the mirror.”
Barkley also discussed what he called a “tribe mentality” surrounding race relations in the United States.
“We never discuss race in this country until something bad happens,” said Barkley. “Everybody wants to protect their own tribe, whether they are right or wrong.”
Barkley’s latest comments have not been met with positive feedback, especially from civil rights activists who are fighting for racial equality.
“Barkley really went far beyond just saying he agreed or disagreed with that grand jury. He said a lot of things that were really inflammatory,” civil rights activist and CNN contributor Van Jones told CNN’s Don Lemon about Barkley’s initial comments, according to the Daily Mail. “The worst of it was his contention that African Americans who were concerned about this case were somehow anti-cop. That is really dangerous. African Americans want better policing, not no policing.”
Despite heavy criticism for his initial comments on Ferguson, in which he called rioters and looters in Ferguson “scumbags” and “not real black people,” Barkley doesn’t seem to be shying away from expressing his controversial views publicly.
“Anybody who walks out peacefully, who protests peacefully, that's what this country was built on," said the former NBA star to Baldwin. "But to be burning people's property, burning police cars, looting people's stores, that is 100% ridiculous."
Do you agree with Charles Barkley’s views on race relations in the United States?