I don’t see Barkley backing off these comments like Pharrell has on his.
Charles Barkley on Tuesday doubled down on his recent controversial comments about events in Ferguson, Missouri, as he maintained the black community needs to shoulder more blame for tragedies like the one that befell 18-year-old Michael Brown.
‘We as black people, we got a lot of crooks,’ the NBA legend told CNN in an interview he gave after taking heat for similar comments he made on a Philadelphia sports radio show last week.
The 51-year-old, who also famously supported the acquittal of George Zimmerman, publicly agreed with the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson and doesn’t fault police who tend to single out black people while investigating crimes.
‘There’s a reason they racially profile us at times,’ he told CNN. ‘Sometimes it’s wrong, sometimes its right.’
He maintains a sort of ‘bad seed’ take on both police and the black community. There are good cops and bad cops, he said, black criminals and those who abide by the law.
And since, as Barkley said, the black community ‘got a lot of crooks,’ he thinks casting blame at police helps no one.
‘We have to look at ourselves in the mirror,’ he said of people in black communities. ‘To act like we hold no responsibility for some of this stuff is disingenuous.’
Interviewer Brooke Baldwin then turned the subject to another case involving police and their handling of situations involving black men–that of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after several police held him down and put him in a choke hold.