Monday, July 22, 2013

Charles Barkley Speaks The Truth

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley once again nails it with his take on the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict reached in the trial for the death of Trayvon Martin.

Too many people have taken this way too far, including the mainstream media and certain so-called community leaders such as noted race baiters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Speaking on CNBC's Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo, Barkley made some astute observations about the verdict and racism in general.

Barkley is a breath of fresh air and a voice of reason when it comes to these sensitive topics.
Who could have predicted that he would be such?
If you saw Barkley play especially early on his his career with the Phildelphia 76er's, you would never have!

Here is a transcript of that portion of the interview:

Bartiromo: Any thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict.

Barkley: Well. I agree with the verdict. I'm sorry that young kid got killed. But they didn't have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night. Clearly something went wrong. And I feel bad for anyone losing a kid. But if you looked at the case and you don't make it – there was some racial profiling, no question about it. But something happened that changed the dynamic of that night. And I know -- that's probably not a popular opinion among most people. But just looking at the evidence I agree with the verdict. I just feel bad because I don't like when race gets out in the media cause I don't think media has a pure heart, as I call it. There are very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form. There are a lot of black people that are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they act like only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. And I don't like when it gets out there in the media because I don't think the media has clean hands.

Bartiromo: I think you are right I am glad you made that point.

Barkley: Yeah I don't think the media has clean hands. And like I said I'm sorry that young kid got killed but just judging by the evidence, I don't think that guy should have went to jail the rest of his life. But something happened bad that night obviously.

Bartiromo: Yeah. I like what one of the jurors said, they both should have walked away. And if there is a shadow of a doubt, there is a shadow of a doubt.

Barkley: And let me tell you Mr. Zimmerman was wrong too -- he was racial profiling.

Bartiromo: Absolutely.

Barkley: But I think Trayvon Martin, God rest his soul, I think he did flip the switch and start beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation. Like I said the main thing, I feel bad for, it gives every white person and black person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance. You know that's the thing that bothered me the most because I watched this trial closely. And I watch these all people on television talking about it. A lot of these people have a hidden agenda. You know they want to have their racist views, whether they are white or black

Bartiromo: The bias comes out.

Barkley: It definitely comes out. It was a bad situation. We all lost. And I feel bad for his parents. You don't ever want to see anybody lose a kid.

Bartiromo: Charles, you make so many great points. So nice to have you on the program.

Barkley: Thank you for having me on the program.

Bartiromo: Thank you. Do you remember when you were here before and we played golf?

Barkley: well, I played golf. You did something. You made me look like Tiger Woods.

Charles is the man and he is 100% correct that there can be no serious discussion about race without removing the race card. As he astutely points out, there are a lot of black and white racists. We cannot have an honest discussion about race in this country with the polarization that has been created by race baiters like Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Virtually all of our major cities are a disaster. Cities like Chicago are dangerous with murders being committed so often that it is unusual when a day goes by that there isn't one. Forget who is committing the crimes and focus on why it is happening. In the case of inner city crime, it always comes down to one factor: hopelessness. Until that is addressed, this problem will not go away.

Unemployment, under educated, single parents or little parental supervision are all the ingredients for this disastrous recipe President Lydon Johnson called The Great Society that has failed miserably.

This country has spent countless billions of dollars trying to eradicate poverty and the effect has been exactly the opposite. The more money we throw at these problems without addressing employment, education and families, we will continue to keep getting the same results.

So called leaders like Jackson and Sharpton are the problem and not part of the solution in any way shape or form. When kids grow up without any supervision or structure in their lives, they will have no morals and therefore no compassion which makes it easy to kill someone for whatever reason.

This holds true for anyone's race, it's not a black issue. If we continue to allow generation after generation of kids who grow up with little or no parental supervision, a poor, broken and corrupt education system that does them no favors, and little or no hope for meaningful employment, we are raising generations of killers who kill to survive and take what they want without any remorse.

Why is this a surprise? Because we have been lying to ourselves for the past 50+ years and ignoring the truth while Jackson and Sharpton run around blaming white people and society for these problems.

They are half right. It's not a white issue, but it sure as hell is a societal issue.

Until we can have an honest discussion that we as a nation have failed in this regard, we will not resolve these problems.

Now that Detroit has failed, will it be enough for us to take an honest look at the root of the problems?

It will take more people like Charles Barkley to tell the truth. Unfortunately, at this time. it seems there aren't enough.

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