Charles Barkley is back, folks. The former NBA MVP who famously said that sports celebrities shouldn’t be role models, is now stepping up – as a role model, for blacks.
While many black celebrities are calling on the black community to take down “evil” whites & police in the wake of the shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, a growing number of them are focusing on the real problem – black crime, and the failed African-American family system.
Barkley was interviewed on the Dan Le Batard Show. Le Batard is an ESPN contributor, and a Miami Herald sports columnist.
During the interview, Barkley stated that, “The cops have made some mistakes; black people have made some mistakes, we have to sit back and be honest with each other. The cops have made some mistakes, that don’t give us the right to riot and shoot cops.”
Barkley, whose bodyguard is a cop went on, “We need the cops, especially in the black community. We as black people, we’ve got to do better.”
Weighing in on the issue of racial profiling the former NBA power forward said, “there is some reason why there’s racial stereotypes, some black people are crooks.”
In perhaps what was Barkley’s most resonating statement, he called on the black community to respect itself:
“We never get mad when black people kill each other, well that always has bothered me… I’ve always said we as black people, if you want respect, you’ve got to give each other respect. You can’t demand respect from white people and the cops if we don’t respect each other.”
Watch the interview below.
Let’s hope more celebrities like Barkley step up as role models for the black community. God knows they need more of them, and less of the racist BLM.