Charles Barkley Gives Tone-Deaf Response To Police Shootings

Charles Barkley recently told ESPN radio that black people have to do better in reference to last week's shootings that left innocent black men dead.

Charles Barkley didn’t hold back when he blatantly called out the African-American community by saying that black people need to do better.

Barkley’s insensitive comment comes on the heels of the last week's shooting of five Dallas, Texas police officers, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, according to The New York Daily News.

The former NBA player believes that not only are cops to blame for the recent tragedies, but the African-American community is also at fault.

“The cops have made some mistakes; black people have made some mistakes,” Barkley said. “We need the cops, especially in the black community. We as black people, we’ve got to do better.”

Barkley noted that there are actual criminals within the black community, but in the context of the conversation, his statement seemed to insinuate that there is some justification for the killings of innocent black men. 

“Some of these black people out there are committing crimes,” Barkley said. “Let’s don’t sit there and act like all our hands are clean.”

It’s appalling that black lives don’t seem to matter for Barkley as he continues to disappoint the African-American community by disrespecting the race. 

Banner/thumbnail credit: Reuters, Steve Marcus

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