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NBA Legend Charles Barkley Steps into Ferguson Debate – Black America Flips Out

NBA Hall of Famer and pop culture icon Charles Barkley stepped right into the middle of the very volatile and disruptive Ferguson debate this past week.

He attacked the media for being so quick to judge the situation because the media loves debating race issues!

Barkley was on 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia with Mike Missanelli when he made the now-controversial comments.

BarkleyWhen asked about the Ferguson decision, and why “Black America” doesn’t trust the ruling, Barkley said that “the true story came out from the grand jury testimony,” adding that he was made aware of “key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story for the first time Monday Night.

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.

Barkley added: “They never do that when black people kill each other,” echoing the comments made by former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani started last week, about how Black-on-Black crime is excused by “Black leaders,” Obama and the media.

Barkley also praised the police saying “we 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 without the cops?”

Barkley also said that the rioters in Ferguson who were doing so much damage to the community “are all scumbags.”

Strong words from anyone, but perhaps even more profound because they come from someone who is considered a leader in the African-American community. Barkley hasn’t avoided conflict or confrontation in the past, and it seems that he is continuing that trend with this latest interview.

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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