NBA Hall of Famer and current TV analyst Charles Barkley never misses an opportunity to beat the black community upside the head with his bootstrap logic. He recently called Ferguson protesters “scumbags,” and in a lengthy interview with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday he reiterated his point that he doesn’t believe white police officers shoot people because of racism.
Some notable quotes:
- “We as black people, we have a lot of crooks. We can’t just wait until something like (the Brown shooting) happens. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror,” he said of people in black communities.
- “There is a reason that [cops] racially profile us in the way that they do. Sometimes it is wrong, and sometimes it is right.”
- “Anybody who walks out peacefully, who protests peacefully, that’s what this country was built on,” he said. “But to be burning people’s property, burning police cars, looting people’s stores, that is 100 percent ridiculous.”