Former NBA star Charles Barkley took to the radio last week to denounce rioters protesting the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting and announced his full-throated support for police officers doing their jobs in some of the country’s toughest neighborhoods.
“The true story came out from the grand jury testimony,” the former 76er said on Philadelphia sports radio station 97.5 FM.
“We have to be really careful with the cops man, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods,” Barkley said. “We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad.”
Barkley had nothing but contempt for the Ferguson, Mo., rioters who claim that burning down an AutoZone is somehow pursuing Martin Luther King’s “dream.”
“Those aren’t black people, those are scumbags,” Barkley said.
“There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars.”
And Barkley showered particular scorn on the nation’s news media, which tried from the outset to paint Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson as the (white) villain in the shooting death of (black) Michael Brown.
“I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore,” Barkley said. “That’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media, because they love this stuff.”
Naturally, media libs don’t like that talk. And Bob Beckel, the resident lefty on Fox’s “The Five” shot back on Monday, saying Barkley “has not seen a poor neighborhood in 20 years.”
“He’s putting his nose in this and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Beckel said.
Charles Barkley doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to race, but Bob Beckel does?
A preening white lib from New York, a guy who proved his chops by volunteering for the Bobby Kennedy campaign and worked, God help us, for Jimmy Carter, thinks he knows more about race and cops and class than a self-made black man who grew up in Alabama?
Maybe Barkley hasn’t been in a bad neighborhood in 20 years because he knows exactly what he’s talking about.
And that’s how he got out.
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