Charles Barkley called rioters scumbags this week, saying that they are way out of line for continuing with any violent protests in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury verdict. Controversy has exploded this week with riots still continuing following white police officer Darren Wilson not being indicted in black teen Michael Brown’s death. Yahoo! News reports this Monday, December 1, 2014, that Barkley has slammed the protestors because he says the truth was revealed in the evidence displayed at the grand jury, and that continuing to gripe about the decision is like beating a dead horse.
In a statement that has garnered serious debate, a “Charles Barkley rioters scumbags” controversy is turning heads this week. The former basketball star spoke about his thoughts in a recent interview on the radio in Philadelphia. As fans of Barkley likely already know, he isn’t one to simply side on certain contentious “issues” as a black man. Many times, in fact, the sports celebrity has been in contrast to some black civil rights figures on a variety of contentious topics, including schooling, crime, and domestic life.
Yet it certainly seems a bit of a stretch to hear Barkley saying some of these rioters are scumbags for their ongoing protests of the Ferguson shooting. In fact, the past basketball pro sparked even more tension back in the day during the Trayvon Martin trial when he was in support of the jury decision that was backing not Martin, but shooter George Zimmerman. His words against the protestors, one might ask Barkley said that the black community of America is ingrained to be against the Ferguson shooting and Michael Brown verdict.
“The true story came out from the grand jury testimony … key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story. I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they [the media] love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other.”
According to an update provided via News Oxy, Charles Barkley went on to say there is no reason whatsoever that any protestors or rioters, regardless of being black, white or any skin color, should be torching police vehicles or damaging local businesses. Rather than viewing these police officers as scumbags, he instead views them as keepers of order and restraint. While issues of racism and the associated racial profiling may be an ongoing issue with law enforcement, those cops who work in black neighborhoods need to be supported and respected.
“[W]e have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods. We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad… Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?”
Various black leaders, contrary to Barkley, have been on the opposite end of the fence regarding the Ferguson grand jury decision and the no indictment verdict for now resigned police officer Darren Wilson. Both Jesse Jackson and fellow black activity the Rev. Al Sharpton have said that the recent ruling in the death of Michael Brown was a case of police racial profiling, no questions asked. Even President Obama will be congregating with a team of civil rights figures to work on structuring hope and confidence in both black and white communities. In a previous comment, Berkley had this to say on being a Republican for a time:
“The word conservative means discriminatory practically. It’s a form of political discrimination. What do the Republicans run on? Against gay marriage and for a war that makes no sense. A war that was based on faulty intelligence. That’s all they ever talk about. That and immigration. Another discriminatory argument for political gain.”
In addition to the Barkley rioters scumbags and slamming protestors headline, more news regarding the Ferguson shooting and grand jury verdict has also come intro controversy this week. Joe Scarborough, the host of “Morning Joe,” recently stated that he “can’t stand [the protests] anymore.” The TV host said that people should not be using black teen victim Michael Brown as a “role model” at all for the notion of racism still existing today in the U.S. nation, including that of police prejudice. Where do you stand on these political figures’ comments?