NBA star Charles Barkley, now an
analyst on Inside the NBA. (AP)
Former NBA star Charles Barkley, now an analyst on Inside the NBA, said that most of the blacks killed that he has known were killed by other blacks -- not by white cops -- which he finds morally outrageous because it is rarely discussed, and he stressed that "we need the cops" because, without them, "we'd be living in the wild, wild West!"
During a July 12 discussion on the Dan Le Batard radio show about the police and black men, Barkley said, “We don’t have near the outrages we do when a white cop kills somebody. Dan, I’ve been black my whole life. Most black people I know are killed by other black people. And I’ve never understood why there’s not this moral outrage [at] the way we treat each other as black people.”
“But we got to look at the big picture," said Barkley. "Let’s work with the cops, because we need the cops, Dan. If it weren’t for the cops, we’d be living in the wild, wild West!"
Eqarlier in the interview, during which Le Batard objected to some of Barkley's views about race and the police, the former NBA star said, “The cops have made some mistakes; that don’t give us the right to riot and shoot cops. We need the cops, especially in the black community."
"We as black people, we’ve got to do better," said Barkley. "We never get mad when black people kill each other, which that always has bothered me. It has always bothered me. And then somebody’s going to scream, like, ‘Well you can’t change the subject.' Well, first of all, I’ve never changed the subject. I‘ve always said, ‘We as black people, if you want respect, you have to give each other respect.’ You can’t demand respect from white people and the cops [if] we don’t respect each other. So, we’ve got to do better as black people, the cops have made some mistakes. But--there’s a lot of blame to go around. But I’m not going to get on TV and yell, like all these other idiots, because—but I’m willing to sit down with anybody and have a constructive criticism."
"I respect and admire what cops do," said Barkley. “There is some reason why there’s racial stereotypes, because some of these black people out there are committing crimes. Let’s don’t sit there and act like all our hands are clean. Let me say, let me—“
Le Batard then interjected, “I know, but Charles that—. You can’t be profiling like that, I understand what—.a"
Barkley then said, “Man, these guys [police], they are dealing with criminals every day. And that’s easy for you to say. That’s easy for you to say. And like I say, I’m not saying they should racial profile guys, I’m saying that’s wrong. But I’m saying, we can’t jump to conclusions every time, like, ‘It’s because the guy is black.’ First of all, there is racial profiling. There’s always been racism—first of all, there’s racism on both sides, let’s get that straight."
Dallas, Texas police officers. (AP)
"And let me get this straight: cops have made mistakes," said Barkley. "But as a black person, every time you—because hey, listen: we still got to do better. Like I say—and like I say, why don’t black people get mad when we kill each other? And I’m not trying to deflect or place blame; that’s just a fact.”
Le Batard replied, “That’s not true, Charles. That’s not—."
“It is true, Dan," said Barkley. "Why don’t they—Dan, first of all, you’re not black.”
Le Batard: “I know I’m not black, but that’s not true that black people don’t get mad that other black people are killing black people. That’s not true.”
Barkley continued, “We don’t have near the outrages we do when a white cop kills somebody. Dan, I’ve been black my whole life. Most black people I know are killed by other black people. And I’ve never understood why there’s not this moral outrage [at] the way we treat each other as black people.”
“It can be both, Charles," said Le Batard.
Barkley answered, “It can be both, but Dan, first of all, if you’ve got to sit on TV and say there’s the same moral outrage when black people kill each other, when white people kill each other, that’s just disingenuous on your part.”
CNSNews.com reporter Rachel Hoover contributed to this story.