Finally, Charles Barkley Weighs in on This Ferguson Situation (Audio)

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I make fun of Charles Barkley a lot because, frankly, a lot of the things he says on TV are ridiculous. However, today I have to give the man some credit. The guy called in to 97.5 The Fantatic in Philadelphia this week to talk about what’s going on in Ferguson, Misourri. And, to my surprise, rather than come off as a buffoon, Barkley was actually thoughtful and articulate.

This is in no way an endorsement of everything he said. Some things I agreed with; other things I did not. All I’m saying is his observations are worthy of our consideration.

You can hear the entire segment down below. But here’s a taste of what Charles had to say:

“Those jackasses who are looting, those aren’t real black people, those are scumbags. Real black people, they’re not out there looting. I just watched a great story on CNN where bunch of folks wouldn’t let them burn down an establishment, it was a great story…. But unfortunately, the way the media portrays a lot of black people, we only put the negative black people on television. We don’t put the good hard-working black people. That’s what I said and that’s what I meant. There’s a perception amongst some black people that if you’re not a thug or a hood rat, you don’t wear your pants down by your ass, you’re not black enough. And they’re always holding us back, plain and simple. And I a’int shutting up and I a’int backing down.

“We live in a quick story media, social network situation. You know, I’m hearing things today I haven’t heard at all. Uh, you know that, even the black witnesses said this guy came 20 feet at the officer, they were fighting inside the car… I’m not saying who’s right or wrong, I’m just hearing the true story that came out of the grand jury investigation… Let me just say this. I think that we, WE—I know I’m black, but I’m going to try to always be honest and fair—we have to be really careful with the cops. If it wasn’t for the cops, we’d be living in the wild wild west in our neighborhoods. We can’t pick out certain incidents that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad. I hate when we do that. Think about it. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops? It’s always great to play monday morning quarterback…. Like I say, I don’t know what happened in Ferguson, nobody knows what happened. I want to take the time as a responsible person [and] read the grand jury statement.”

So there you go—some food for thought.

Hat Tip – [For the Win]

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