Charles Barkley

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Former NBA star and TNT host Charles Barkley remains an outspoken figure in sports and pop culture. But while Barkley is always willing to give an option, he doesn’t always provide eloquent perspectives when it comes to some situations.

Barkley recently spoke about the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and offered an opinion that seemed a bit misguided.

Instead of blaming the police for using violence in situations that could have been handled differently, Barkley chose to blame the Black community. “We need the cops, especially in the Black community. We as Black people, we’ve got to do better,” Barkley said on “The Dan Le Batard Show.”

Barkley continued to defend police while condemning Blacks, “The cops have made some mistakes, Black people have made some mistakes. That don’t [sic] give us the right to riot and shoot cops.”

Barkley also suggested that Blacks aren’t as riled up when it comes to Black on Black violence. “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,” Barkely said.

However, Barkley apparently is so out of touch with Black communities that he never takes time to see what’s really occurring. When it comes to Black on Black violence in cities such as Chicago, I’ve witnessed entire communities march to bring awareness and an end to gun violence. In fact, hundreds of community leaders, students, and families of the victims of gun violence held a rally in Harold Washington Park in June. Similar marches and gatherings have taken place in communities across the country. But Barkley never took the time to research such events and probably only relies on mainstream media to provide a glimpse of what occurs in Black communities.

Moreover, Barkley is completely wrong when it comes to the dynamics of race and police brutality. There are criminals of all races in every city in America. However, Blacks are being killed at an alarming rate. Over 71 percent of police who were shot and killed in 2016 were killed by White men. But over 100 unarmed Blacks were killed by police in 2015, according to Mapping Police Violence. That reveals how Blacks are overwhelmingly victims of police violence without posing as a serious threat.

Barkley can be funny and spontaneous when co-hosting on the great “Inside The NBA” show on TNT. However, he should probably stick to basketball and jokes until he takes the time to research social issues before he rants.

 

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents music, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • guest

    I do fear my son being killed more by a black male criminal than I do a police officer but the fact that I have to fear him being killed at all by those paid to serve and protect is a sad.

    • Bob Sheridan

      Dumb statement. If your son isn’t in an disenfranchised crime ridden neighborhood than the chance of a black man killing him is slim to none.

      • i_call_it…bs

        I’m glad you said this… People are ignorant.

      • Anthony McCormack

        Such and ignorant sterotypical statement

      • pbcrock

        I was thinking the same thing..Not to mention women make excuses not to move men don’t smdh

      • guest

        Well I live in an inner-city, working class neighborhood and know family and friends (not associated with gangs or other criminal activity) that have been victims of violent crimes. It’s no Chicago and the majority of the people that live there are hard-working citizens but violent crimes happen with regularity, especially during the summer months. And couldn’t your same argument be made that if he isn’t in a disenfranchised crime ridden neighborhood his chances of coming into contact with a cop would be slim to none?

        • TACH

          Why is it a crime ridden neighborhood? The police not doing their job o is it that no one can find work

          • Don Boyles

            I fail to see any valid or logical correlation to either. If the neighborhood is crime ridden, it has nothing to do with cops doing a good or bad job, it has nothing to do with residential employment. A crime ridden neighborhood is such because the neighborhood residents have low morals for whatever reason.

      • Frame

        I live in a town in Illinois with twice the violent crime rate of Chicago . Two neighborhoods here are on the 25 most dangerous nieborhoods in the country. Think Gary Indiana or Detroit and you have an idea of the town vibe in crappier parts of town. I’m a white disabled vet. I’m cash poor and live in a not awesome part of town.I do have a higher chance of something happening to me due to crime vs a cop shooting me. But for me, with cops I have a system to lower my chances for death. but with violent crime ,not so much except to concealed carry ,and that isn’t so awesome. My military time made it easy for me to do exactly what cops or authority says how they said it exactly the way they said it. Never argue or get attitude. Before they get to the car if pulled over have ID ready, if concealed carry have it with IDs and never say the word gun or weapon. Car off ,no radio, hands 10 and 2 . Obey all commands. If asked to search vehicles or self respectfully decline . But if ordered to do things do what they want how they want when they want. No attitude , even if is rediculous. Sort in court not by arguing with a nervous cop with a gun.
        I have known white unarmed people shot by cops because of non compliance to orders. Cops deal with the worst of us daily and the most aggressive of us daily. Give them a warm and fuzzy. Ask them if something is ok to do before doing it and wait for the answer and comply this gives them a feeling of control. When they feel out of control or threatened bad things will happen. try doing thier use of force classes and you will know why an unarmed individual not complying can and will be shot easily. Instant compliance is key. This will improve chances in police interactions. Look at this too.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/upshot/surprising-new-evidence-shows-bias-in-police-use-of-force-but-not-in-shootings.html

        • Gregory

          Wonderful comments. God bless you sir.

        • Jarhead6541

          Been sayin’ it for years; a little more of “follow their instructions” and a little less “confrontation & attitude”, is the only way to deal with street cops.
          Settle any grievances in court later.

        • Joan Darnell

          Well put information. Don’t know why these statements can’t be understood: “don’t get out of the car”, “put your hands out of the window”, “keep both your hands on the steering wheel”, “take your hands out of your pockets”, “put both hands out in front of you”, “lay down and put your hands behind you”. Like you said, lose the attitude~~this world does not own you a living. If you treat others with respect, you usually get it back.

        • Ronald73

          I never argue in public, on the road, or with officers. I have, however, had things go my way when I presented my case before a judge or simply by mail (in the case of a citation left on my unoccupied car). Officers make mistakes . . . sometimes.

        • Bob Sheridan

          Not sure why you replied to my statement because you make no sense. I said if you are not in a crime ridden neighborhood the chances are slim to none. You live in one so of course your chances are high.

          Please miss with this complying bullshit. I think this is the problem with some white people. Always in denial. You see videos of a black man complying and still getting shot. Well damn one just got shot recently in Miami LAYING DOWN WITH HIS HANDS UP!!!!

          Police fear for their life huh? I wonder why they didn’t fear for their lives with James Holmes, Dylan Roof, Ryan Giroux, and the Oregon standoff. Silly me, they are WHITE that is why they didn’t.

          • Frame

            These shootings performed by police officers are not racially motivated. They are from officers of all types of race 4. Black and Hispanic police officers are more likely to fire a gun at blacks than white officers. This is according to a Department of Justice report in 2015 about the Philadelphia Police Department, and is further confirmed that by a study conducted University of Pennsylvania criminologist Greg Ridgeway in 2015 that determined black cops were 3.3 times more likely to fire a gun than other cops at a crime scene. Also please read this article that talks about a peer reviewed study that shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings by cops of all races.
            http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/upshot/surprising-new-evidence-shows-bias-in-police-use-of-force-but-not-in-shootings.html?_r=2

    • Robert L A Daugherty

      Over 85% of white people are killed by other white people so does that make it ok when cops kill them?

      • evo34

        wtf?

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  • Jason

    Coon-R-Us must be having a clearance sale this month.

    • BlueCandy

      And for some reason, this disgusting POS somehow gets passes. He’s the male equivalent of Stacy Dash and should be treated likewise. Where is Roland Martin?

      • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

        “male equivalent of Stacy Dash”, LOL!

        I’m gonna steal that. 🙂

      • Robert L A Daugherty

        He’ll be the gov of Alabama some day. He will win by a landslide

        • BlueCandy

          Uggghhh, please No!

  • Miss B Fresh

    A black publication calling another black man ignorant??? Wow…really??? For a journalist to call another persons option ignorant is completely bias and professtionally unethical!!! A Journalist job is suppose to deliver a story that’s fair and objective. Personally I agree with Barkley and there’s many other black people in America that feel the same way! I think that he has a right to his opinion and his thought process makes sense. He said police and blacks have both made mistakes. This is true. No one should be mistreated by authority never alone killed! PERIOD!!! Whats confusing to me is how this article is tearing down what this black man said as if he committed a crime? Just because his opinion isn’t what you want it to be, or he’s not agreeing with the masses you call him ignorant? Wow! How disgraceful! We as black people need to stop and look in the mirror and see that we have to change within our communities before anyone else will respect what we’re saying. We’re screaming black lives matter, yet were killing each other at an alarming rate?! Let’s not forget those summers in Chicago for the last 3-4 years!!! Police didn’t provoke that…. THAT WAS US! Police shouldn’t kill blacks and blacks shouldn’t kill blacks! Just like whites shouldn’t kill other whites. Blacks damn sure should roit and kill innocent police officers. No one should condone that! I can appreciate the Black Lives Movement as a Black Woman with the injustice that had happened in the last couple of years. However, it isn’t well defined or organized as the Civil Rights Movement. That’s the truth! I’m not down with the movement just because everyone else that is black that can post a hashtag is. I want what is fair for my people, just as Dr. MLK did! I want peace! As a business owner, starting a roit destroys communities, and as a teacher that teaches at-risk youth in a dangerous part of town, police are needed. Let’s not forget that there are good and bad in everyone. But if you needed the police, you would dial 911 and state your emergency. In your time of need… You Black Life would matter and depend on it!

    • The Power Broker

      I think you meant to say “Blacks damn sure SHOULDN’T riot and kill innocent police officers. Not “Should”

    • A.R.

      @missBFresh Thanks for taking the time to look over the article, but I’m not sure you read the article. Barkley has a right to an opinion, but a lot of it was factually wrong. To suggest that blacks must respect themselves to get respect from whites is misguided, untruthful, and dangerous. Of course there are issues in the black community, but there are also hard working blacks who respect themselves and are doing great things within the community. A person of Barkley’s caliber should never use a broad brush to paint an entire race. Just because there are a some wayward souls in the black community, police shouldn’t be allowed to racially profile and kill when their life isn’t in danger. According to video, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile never posed as a threat to cops or the community. They were attacked and killed for being black. And if you and Barkley can’t see that, there is no need for us to try to force sight on those who are blind to reality.

      • https://disqus.com/home/channel/realitytvcelebrities/ Dunit

        Well said. And so true.

      • O’Brian Andrews

        On point AR, and might I add all communities have problems, whether they be white, black, hispanic or otherwise.
        There are at times race destructive attempts made by some high profile blacks to portray black communities as being nothing more than dens of iniquities. Those of us who understand them know that they merely regurgitate a concept proprogated by white racists and bigots.
        It is the right of every human being irrespective of being black or not to be treated with dignity and respect and to be afforded the right to life under the rule of law.

        • D

          Just like Barkley, the writer , so called journalist has his right to his opinion. As the writer others can put down your view just as you did barkley’s. you may have a fact right that Barkley got wrong but that doesn’t mean barkley’s opinion on the situation is wrong and you have noting in your article to make the claim it is. Should be an option piece not news. And your fact of 100 blacks killed by police is incorrect also. Check your sources, don’t just use what sources fit you opinion piece!

          • O’Brian Andrews

            Where are you at really? It is a given that any view espoused on this forum is subject to criticism.
            Some views are based on available data and some are just opinions. If data is available it may not be shared en masse on this forum for obvious reasons.
            As for your claim of my assertion of “100 blacks killed. ” I fear you have me confused with someone else, or perhaps you are simply being mischievous.
            I am well aware that my views irk many who are unable to counter them intellectually, but thats life. Lets move on.

      • http://www.spreaker.com/user/bud1 William A. Ellis

        he’s a jock not an intellectual

        • CharlesKGim

          He’s a millionaire with an international platform passing judgement on victims that were murdered for looking just like him. He is so insulated that he thinks that his white friends actually care about him.

          • cupcake333

            YESSSSSSSS YOU NAILED IT!!!

      • Malcolmx Reloaded

        I am tired of people that see cops fighting with suspects with guns and armchair Quarterbacking. Let me say this, I saw both videos, one shows a man with resisting arrest with his right hand loose and possibly reaching for a gun which is in his right pocket illegally. The next shows the aftermath of a shooting and a woman who gives her side of what happened. People who want to see racism will see it, people who just see what happened will wait for more facts. You see what you want to see. I am a black man, very big, I have not had any interaction with police in over a year. None, except to say what’s up. Obey the law.

        • Satsplace

          What did you see? His right hand was up near his chest as one of the officers was straddled his body blocking any potential access to his pocket. That officer grabbed his right hand with his left hand a half second before he was shot by officer Salamoni. Please stop pushing your agenda and stick to the facts. Unlike you I can provide the slowed video of what happened.

          • Malcolmx Reloaded

            With these cases I feel conflicted with Philando Castille. Alton Ster;ling, Eric Gardner , Mike Brown, = Career crook , wanna be crook. Each of these if you were to put my mind into those men 2minutes before their death , absent of any knowledge of there imminent death, they would be alive because I would have complied with officer requests and been polite, yes sir no sir. That’s it. If I can see a way out I can’t feel sympathy for crooks who brought on themselves a fight they could have avoided. We want to give every citizen the comfort ability to argue with police? No , if that were the case everyone would give a speech before their arrest as to why they should not be arrested. This is not cop’s job to listen to that crap. Hands behind your back don’t comply, tazed, still not complying and reach for gun, sorry brotha, it’s you or me. As far as your version, I will wait for an official version at the trial before I rush to judgement.

          • Satsplace

            Since when did exercising one’s right to free speech become a death sentence? You have a right to question why you are being approached or apprehended. That should not equate to death because you had the audacity to question why you are being stopped, manhandled, arrested, etc. Let’s not forget the approach has a lot to do with the response. We are always seeing and hearing about the belligerence of the appended but rarely do you hear about the belligerence, or prejudice that they receive from the law enforcement officials are are sworn to protect and serve. Respect and civility are requirements from ALL ANGLES.

          • Malcolmx Reloaded

            Never said you couldn’t ask a question, but if you are under arrest and fighting with cops then they have the duty to arrest you with force. The way you all talk, you think the cops should call your Mommy first like in elementary school. There are lot of people who are learning to be spoiled adults from this procedure in public education. Teachers used to be able to whack you, now the teacher can’t breathe hard on the student. All you have to do is look at urban schools, many which are cesspools of disrespect and low performance , where teachers have to beg students to comply with rules of basic decency.When you see the fruits of this type of ideology , you may change your mind. it simply does not work, in fact it is extremely bad for black people who don’t learn or succeed in these chaotic environments. No one can touch a kid in school and he knows it and he sells out and messes up the learning environment for everyone. This is what the streets are becoming, a place where the criminal is now coddled and deified in death instead of his life being remembered as wasted potential and a cautionary tale.

          • whitey

            How about just doing the f¥€k as you’re told so you can guarantee that you go home to your wife and children who love you rely on you. When you put freedom of speech above that simple logic you exist in a world of selfish, irrational behavior. Don’t make a child fatherless because your pride as a black man, and resistance to law and order comes before your families needs. Wake the f¥€k up!

          • Satsplace

            The same goes to the other side. Approaching a situation with decency and respect can be an IMMEDIATE de-escalator. Don’t forget that EVERYONE involved in these dispatched calls brings something with THEM to the situation.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            You have an incredibly warped version of what it should be like to live in a free society. You appear to believe that a cop should have the right to accost you on the street and because they have a badge, you must comply. For the record, that’s a police state, not a free nation.

          • Michael Anthony Leedom Peraino

            So illegally possessing a firearm and brandishing it has nothing to do with why he is dead?! GTFO! The dude had a gun concealed illegally, that is why he is dead. Had he not had the gun illegally concealed and not made the dip shit idea to brandish it he would still be alive. Period. SMFH the dumb runs thick in this thread. Personal accountability. He is responsible for his own death and nobody else.

        • Mtyducks

          Obey the law. Good avice and since your parents talk with you(meaning some of the others commenting), somehow did not get through. Here it is one more time. When confronted by the police do not resist. Keep your hands on the wheel or up and no sudden movements. Get permission for each move you make or do not make it. This is not a violation of your civil liberties it is common sense. Not siding with either angle here but noone wakes up and thinks i am going to put on my badge and uniform and go murder someone so i can get attention for it. Very unlikely this type of event is anything but career ending aside from the terrible feelings and backlash. Nuff said.

        • cupcake333

          HOW DO U KNOW HIS GUN WAS ILLEGAL? IT MAY BEEN LEGAL . YOU HAVE NOT HEARD POLICE SAY HIS GUN WAS ILLEGAL? AND WHAT IF IT WAS A CANDY BAR PULLED OUT COPS CAN NOW BRING UP MANY ILLEGAL WEAPON PLACE IT IN HIS FILES AND SAY HE HAD A GUN JUST LIKE THEY PLANTED GUNS AND WEAPON ON MEN IN PRISON DOING 30 YRS KNOWING THEY HAD NO GUNS AND NO DOPE DAY OF ARREST>> SHUT UP PLEASE!!!!!!!

      • Andrew Dempsey

        @A.R. Good job bringing this up, Barkley’s comments definitely needed to be discussed. However, just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t mean they didn’t read your article (you seem to know quite a bit about how other people gather knowledge*). And how exactly are you refuting Barkley? Are you saying that despite the lack of mutual respect amongst [some] blacks (and only within some black communities) they should nonetheless be given respect from outsiders? I feel that the argument being given is that respect from outsiders (respect from others really) begins with respect for oneself, and respect for those immediately around you. e.g., It is difficult to respect someone who doesn’t respect themselves and others. No one was saying that it’s okay to kill or harm people who don’t respect themselves and others, but rather that death or harm might be more easily avoided if there were a bridge of respect joining all of us (which begins with oneself and their community). Nor was anyone saying that a general lack of mutual or self-respect describes all black communities or all blacks in any one community.

        * Example: “But Barkley never took the time to research such events and probably
        only relies on mainstream media to provide a glimpse of what occurs in
        Black communities.” How do you know this?

        If you respond – don’t respond with straw man or ad hominem.

      • RUreallyFree

        It is also another type of lie that pretends that all black people who are shot by police or other black people for that matter, are innocent Lilly white snow flakes.

        The fact is, police shoot slot of people who are violent and represent danger.

        The biggest lie sold and swallowed to and by the black community is that the examples of bad cops you see on tv is rampant.

        Fact is, this is not the case. But it sells ad revenue for the media to continue to suggest this is some conspiracy among cops to kill blacks.

        Black folks are being manipulated from many fronts on the truth. It must be exhausting. It shows

      • RUreallyFree

        Some issue? Brother you miss the mark on a galactic scale by suggesting blacks have ‘some’ problems.. it is do much more than that. Try condemning black on black violence for what it is.

        Be like Barkley. Be honest. It’d takes guts

    • cupcake333

      soooo i see you have not studied your black history , or realize blacks are not just sick of recent years police senseless shooting black males but go back to black history in america , black men dating and stealing white women has and do anger white males , remember the white male is raised with pentup agressiion free of history,,, black men are marrying white girls more then ever , ,emmitt till was slaughtered for whistlng at one. study history you will find ,, to tell how whitemen rapped black women killed children they bored, and hung black men for fighting for a right to be free .our history with white is not about police at all , out side that blue uniform a cop is a whiteman blacks just accept that and cops dont realize we see a racist not a dutiful city paid employee who plan to protect .. its ttrue more white man is more likelyy TO KILL A COP THEN BLACK MAN .? STATISTICS DONT LIE ..
      its not all smoke screen .. white cops like to kill black males they hate their job and to see a white lady lusting oover snoop dog fifty cents edris elbal denzel morris chestnut angers them remember black men are on tiop more than ever in media…social media has shown this. .rappers actors and black athelet live well , while average white cop dont make over $50,000 a year.. and it jealousy so this killing blacks is a scartactic that they know is causing mass caios among blacks . .. revenging poor average black males ,, not celebritys and rich blacks males .
      they dont shoot nigerians either ever…
      they stop blacks way more then whites for petty stuff tail light bull shit .. police dept need to rewrte their manuel … and screen better find out if a cop got pdst from being in miltary since 80% hired cop use to be in miltay STOP KILLING US .. make since were not willing to play victim but we are willing to fight back …and stand our ground WE ARE AMERICANS TOO WE PAY FOR PROTECTION hire more black cops to patrol black areas … cops are suppose to be protecting NOT SHOOT NOW QUESTIONS AFTER YOU MURDER A CITIZEN money to families aint fixin to shut us up no more re need to force goverment to change police policy no sir a cop should not be killed like that , but what did they go over in afghan to do>? kill right? that same tactic is used here . and it has too stop putting ex miltary men in cop uniforms is a disaster plan and all these killings are proof mix in a racist from oklahoma or texas??? white starting to see how it works … due to the cop killings all white see the problem is not us not obeying were not given a chance to

      • Falalala

        Exactly!!!, but don’t leave out the part where they RAPED BLACK MEN TOO

      • What?

        “”its ttrue more white man is more likelyy TO KILL A COP THEN BLACK MAN .? STATISTICS DONT LIE .. “” – that is absolutely false…. You have no idea what you’re talking about. African Americans make up only 13% of the united states and frequently account for 40% of police deaths. Black males are so much more likely to kill a police officer than any other race that its not even remotely close. And on the flip side – (some more actual statistics for you ) – black males are more likely to be shot by black or Hispanic police officers than white ones. Gasp! Sp much for your ‘hire more black officers’. This whole – “everyone hates us because they are jealous” sentiment is exactly what is wrong with the black community. Y’all blame everything but yourselves, even though you represent the worst of nearly every statistic imaginable. Poverty, crime, education, family structure…..hell, even Health. Take a look in the mirror and you’ll see the root of African american problems in the US. Its a culture of in unnacountability

    • i_call_it…bs

      It’s not unprofessional to call someone ignorant. People need reacquaint themselves with a dictionary and find out what the definition of “ignorant” is because Charles Barkley’s statement and/or opinions regarding this matter epitomizes ignorant. Clearly he lacks awareness or knowledge in general in regards to a predominately black community’s response to violence and/or crime. Moreover, there is no such thing as “black on black” crime anymore than there is “white on white”. So while you seem to upset with the journalist’s word choice, you made yourself seem ignorant, when I’m going to assume you’re not because you appear to have some knowledge. If you are not ignorant, perhaps you should look the word up and then you wouldn’t get butt-hurt over facts.

      P.S. What does this article have to do with any of your points? -_-

      • Maggie Rae

        Excellent! I just posted a similar response to her Miss. B. Fresh. For whatever reason, some people like to redefine the meaning of words in a way that fits their own thinking, which equates to a limited word knowledge bank. Dictionaries are still available to writers and it would be beneficial to use them when we offer an opinion on social media or in one on one personal conversations with other people.

      • Anthony McCormack

        Or he just black skinned but white on the inside

      • Malcolmx Reloaded

        “Black on black crime” became a mantra to bring to light the overwhelming disproportionate rate of murder that is going on in the black community not just that black kill blacks but the out of proportion murder rate that is 6x that of whites. Blacks kill each other proportionally 6x the rate of whites. Some 20 x the rate of Asians. That’s some crazy shit. Can you get that?!!!

    • Maggie Rae

      Respectfully, I must disagree with you on this issue. Charles Barkley’s opinion about the Black community doesn’t align with the reality of the community. And I’m sorry to say that your opinions are out of alignment with what really goes on in the Black community also.

      Opinions aren’t just whatever one thinks up in his head. Opinions are based on facts and there must be a foundation for one’s opinion. Voicing an opinion on social issues is not the same as choosing which ice cream flavor is the “best’; which Charles Barkley seems to have been doing.

      I’m sure that you’re correct when you say that there are many other Black people that agree with Barkley, along with you; because the Black community is just as diverse in thought as any other community.

      However those in the community who imply that they’re educated by telling us what their career is, should know that their opinions should be based on more than what we see in the news media. They should know that the best way to evaluate any situation is through researching and investigating the cause and effect of a given incident; that means that we need to ask many more questions and offer fewer answers until we have come to a reasonable conclusion (opinion). When we don’t do that, we do appear to be ignorant of the facts and reality of a given event.

      Yes, you’re correct in saying that Barkley has a right to his opinion. By the same token journalists have an obligation to inform the public; if that means pointing out the fallacies in someone’s statement, then they’re doing what a good journalist is supposed to do.

      First of all, what does Barkley do improve the conditions in the Black community? What does he do to improve race relations in this country? Anyone can criticize and cast aspersions on the Black community. Does he actively participate in projects that help reduce the level of violence in the community that he claim to abhor?

      By the way the word “ignorant” means a lack of knowledge, being unaware, and sometimes to deliberately ignore or disregard important information. In Barkley’s case, it seems that he has a lack of knowledge or he is purposely ignoring the facts and reality of the Black community.

    • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

      I couldn’t even get to the end of your incredibly ignorant comment. So should blacks respect white people? White people are killing white people at alarming rates too. So are Asians and Latino people. Go check the FBI statistics. Do they deserve disrespect as a race or is it just black people in which that should be a metric of whether we deserve respect? The difference is that some are so ignorant they don’t know that and use it to talk about black people as if it’s not a norm. I won’t even get into how demeaning and ignorant it is to suggest that black people need white people to respect them before they can expect equal treatment under the law.

      I don’t care if white people as a race respect black people as a race. The idea is ridiculous. I care about ignorant black people buying into superficial reasons for killing other black people, thus justifying the murder of people of color all over this country. White racist love such pseudo-logic. It gives them 1 black person out of 100 who they can point and and say, “See, a black person agrees with us so all the rest of them are wrong.”

      As for Charles Barkley? He gets into to much trouble to talk negatively about the police. He was caught drunk driving while rushing to get a BJ and it was ignored by the justice system. He’s privileged and he doesn’t want to screw that up.

      • Malcolmx Reloaded

        You are not getting it, but you probably won’t. If you got 6x the murder, then you get 6x the cops which is what black people complained about when at one time it seemed no black murderers and rapes were getting solved. Black leaders begged for more police to bring down epidemic violent crime, they got the funding and now the hood is saturated with cops to stop ignorant acting fools in the hood from shooting up any and everything. The murder rate is 6x that of whites. That means if blacks were to increase to the population of whites with the same murder rate, then you would see 30,000 more blacks murdered each year. Asians would have like less than 1000 if their population equaled whites. That’s simple math. BTW, you can’t have a free state with people who are not capable of high level thinking and behavioral qualities that is necessary for a open society. Just like some kids can be allowed free play learning(Montessori) while other children are so misbehaved, their whole day must be planned out in tedious detail.

        • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

          I’m constantly disappointed by the ignorance of the arguments made based on the assumption that people commit crimes in groups based on race as opposed to their individual circumstances. The idea that you can extrapolate from current statistics what would happen if one group or another would suddenly have a larger population demographic than they currently do is pure speculation and a demonstration of the ignorance of how population groups work.

          You’re right. I don’t get pseudo-logic because I don’t pretend it makes sense. You apparently do.

          • Malcolmx Reloaded

            I guess you don’t understand random sampling in science. I suppose scientists could capture every fish in the ocean before they can make a prediction about that particular kind of fish. No they take a random sampling and extrapolate. I got a 1000 people that have 60 murders is much more dangerous than 10,000 people with 60 murders. You can’t concede that. Did you graduate high school, middle school, if so how? That’s why we fail, its a lack of logic and mathematical application in favor of emotion and impulsiveness. That’s why cats out here shooting each other daily because they can’t logically come to an understanding. Just simple math.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            Of course I understand statistical analysis. I just don’t buy into the idea that it’s relevant in relation to crime statistics. I’m not so ignorant as to believe that people behave as racial groups as opposed to individuals and thus act on their own volition and nothing to do with people who have the same color skin. The idea that the color of someone’s skin determines whether they are going to commit a crime as opposed to the circumstances of their life is a racist meme that the US government has successfully sold for generations without any evidence it has any validity.

            Now if you can demonstrate that all black people act the same no matter the circumstances so that an increase in their numbers would not change their actions in the least, you might have a point. But given that the idea that millions of people act according to the color of their skin as opposed to the circumstances of their life is ridiculous, you can’t make that point. You simply buy into the racist talking points of a society focused on white supremacy.

          • Malcolmx Reloaded

            Again this is not for individual people, you make predictions about large groups so you know how to meet their needs. If I know that 10% of black people have sickle cell then I would make arrangements to have a certain % of my medical staff be trained to meet that need. If I said, hey let’s wait and see who comes in with this rare trait and then I have no one to deal with it then it could lead to a loss of life. A police chief has to make the same predictions based on crime stats, how many cops do I need, how many investigating narcotics, cyber crime etc based on the crime demographic etc. Can’t just assume everyone is alike, you will aim to be fair but be ill-prepared. Condom makers even make a % of their product designed toward racial statistical analysis, they don’t just make one size. All companies do it, its predictive science based on data extrapolation. Gender, race any group prediction is worth money, Netflix algorithms, etc.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            Here’s a clue. Just because businesses do it in attempting to attract a certain demographic does not mean that the same metric can be used in deciding who is committing crime and whether or not they should be summarily executed during traffic stops. You’re simply attempting to justify racial profiling in policing and that’s nothing except a racist methodology of giving the impression of doing something about crime.

          • Malcolmx Reloaded

            No one said anyone should be executed, if you read the first post, I stated that when you have a disproportionate amount of crime you are going to get the amount of cops that match that proportion. Therefore , more cops = more chances of botched interactions. Some of the finest doctors make mistakes in surgery. Should we put them in jail, especially if they’re asked to perform extra surgeries than usual.? What if the need for surgery was so high, you had to allow less qualified applicants into medical school to meet the demand? Wouldn’t the confluence of these things naturally lead to more malpractice? I am making a causal relationship. Simple social math: More Crime= High demand for extra police=More less trained/qualified police= More police arrest= greater chance of arrest going wrong. =more botched interactions. Because you say cops are killing blacks due to racism and I say it is not racism only but a confluence of complicated factors such as a high rate of crime in which out of that stew comes more chances for ugly or botched police interactions which then get labeled as racist and no one looks at all the variables that went into that interaction taking place at all, just blame police, whites, others does what? If white people/cops are so racist, why are the shooting of Asians and Indians(from India) lower that the shooting of whites? Hint: Check their crime rate, it is low and it is proportionate to the amount of crime that group commits. There are a host of things that start the high crime, but those are arguable i.e. poor education, historical racism, genetic differences, etc. IMO high crime is fueling what we see going on now, not racism.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            I question your “social math”. It starts out with “More Crime” which is demonstrable wrong. The majority of the violent crime in this country is committed against white people:

            http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv13.pdf
            Page 16
            Prevalence of violent crime, by victim demographic characteristics, 2004, 2012, 2013
            Race White: 2004=131463, 2012=102270, 2013=79807
            Race Black: 2004=47183, 2012=47275, 2013=45957

            So since your equation starts with a false value the rest is also incorrect. Try again.

          • Malcolmx Reloaded

            All you need is the census report 2015, the 2014 FBI report. There is no
            disputing that whites murder whites more and blacks murder blacks more.
            That is not the epidemic. It is that while blacks make up 13% of the
            population, they kill each other at least 6x the rate that whites kill
            whites. That means in 2014 there were 2765 white murder offenders and
            2693 black. People who are bad at math
            will say, look there are more white than black. But there is 6x as many
            whites. Like Chris Rock said once, blacks live in like 10 cities committing as much crime as all whites who populate all 50 states, that
            means black crime is super concentrated and that is the problem. White
            crime is spread out like salt in a large pot of stew while black crime
            is like that whole cup of salt in one little bowl. Your last stat whites 80,000 vs black 46,000. It proves my point, it should read white 80,000 to black 276 000 or white 13000 to black 46000 when you take into account population. The murder rate one would be much worse, its the concentration of crime, can you get that.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            Nothing in your response demonstrates that more crime is committed in black neighborhoods. Chris Rock is a comedian using hyperbolic comments to get a laugh. No numbers support that claim and you use it as some kind of evidence to support a poor argument.

            The idea that the numbers should match proportionally to race assumes that all things other than race are the same among the people being analyzed. That’s a ridiculous assumption to make in America. It can be demonstrated that white people have privileges that others do not which affect their lives in positive ways. Studies have demonstrated that people see black people in a negative light in this country for no fault of the black person at all. Lawmakers make things poor black people can do to make money illegal, like selling cigarettes or CDs on the street, but creating derivatives that end up almost collapsing the economy is not illegal at all. Things like that tend to skew such analysis and a person who only makes an analysis on a superficial level with raw stats would make incorrect assumptions of what the numbers mean without taking into consideration the numbers are not adjusted for a multitude of variances.

            Again, you’ve bought in superficial arguments designed to skew data to make black people look bad. Spare me. Black people kill each other more than other races. All races do the exact same thing but somehow it’s only a negative indicator of the race as a whole for black people. It’s insulting to even have to point it out, but people keep using the same old pathetic argument to justify Americas systemic racism as if they are programmed like robots.

          • Malcolmx Reloaded

            First of all ,I used Chris Rock as a colloquial way of saying that blacks a re a minority in America while whites are a majority. Thus having equal amounts of murders in a small population is much worse than those same numbers in a population 6x greater than yours. There are 6x as many blacks killed by other blacks as there are whites killed by other whites based on population numbers. You don’t want to accept that, you rather believe something else, like racism is the cause of all black ills. I don’t subscribe to that and facts indicate a high murder rate and I don’t even need the stat because I know it and feel it from talk in the streets and friends I grew up with who were shot to death over BS. Why do you think they made that rap song “Self Destruction” and even the Nation of Islam had a tour “Stop the violence. ” Asian people don’t have to have these tours because their murder rate is low. You have points on historical racism causing high crime but you are irrational,illogical, delusional, if you can’t look at the statistics, read the newspaper, ask a policeman, all will tell you that crime in the black community is higher than any other. Not saying why or how it came to be , we could argue that all day, it just is!! Look at 2014 FBI murder! Look at census 2015, blacks 13% population and commit about 50% of all murders! Not arguing the why, just the fact of!

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            As I’ve said, you’ve bought into the racist meme that violent crime occurs because of race and not circumstance. Thus it gives you the hubris to criticize black people for doing the same thing that other races do and put it in a bad light, giving racist an pathetic argument in which to prop their white superiority. Calling me irrational, illogical and delusional because I don’t agree with your assumptions as to what the statistics mean is just silly.

          • Malcolmx Reloaded

            Ok, I see you want to make stuff up, for the record again, I am NOT saying black people are predisposed to crime or not. I am making a statement that crime is higher among black people. If you want to say that race is not real that is another argument, but if you accept that black people are a group, the rate of domestic murder among BLACK people regardless of how, why etc is HIGHER Just a fact. You can argue why or how but at the end of this year there will be more dead black bodies per 100.000 black people than murdered white bodies to every 100,000 whites as far as domestic murder in the U.S. and the murdered black bodies will be about 6x that of murdered white people per 100.000. You can believe what you want. Just arguing math facts, not making a judgement on those facts. Just is what they are. Murder occurs about 6x more frequently among blacks than whites. Period. Not why, or is it caused by racism. Not going into that. The crime rate is extremely high. If the police stop coming to arrest criminals more people will die. If they lighten up , more people will die. Period. Believe what you will , check black murders in top ten black populated cities this year since Ferguson, all are up in murder.Believe what you want, just putting it for the record.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            It’s not a matter of “belief”. It’s simply dismissing a superficial examination of statistical data that makes negative assumptions about a whole group of people.

    • Robert L A Daugherty

      You dumb azz coon! You believe that just because the publication is black that it can’t criticize someone who is black and ignorant?! Barkley is a raving idiot who regularly says ridiculous things and coons like a sambo clone to further his own political aspirations. Sandra bland, sterling, the guy who got stopped for the tail light, the man choked to death for selling loose cigarettes, the guy in the walmart shopping for a bb gun while talking on the phone who the cops came in and executed. Tell me how they could have shown this so called respect this over blown fat bastard is talking about? The cops are out of control and have too few consequences for murdering people and denying them due process under the law. It is wrong and needs to change. If you stand against that change you are worthless

    • RUreallyFree

      You hint around what most people know. Black wealthy established celebrities are considered uncle toms to most black people. Unless they espouse and advocate exactly what the degenerate and uninformed black audience desires,That is!

      For that they rely on black ‘leaders’ who dwell on arguments that are totally dismissive of black on black crime. The black community is so many ways have abandoned the truth.

      It really is a dangerous jungle out there.

      The best decision for any black person living in these communities, is to get out. Refuse to be a part. And to be their own person. To look beyond the violent roar and reach for something more honorable.

      That is strength!

      Breaking a cycle is not nearly as difficult or dangerous than continuing to live in communities that are broken and violently desperate.

      If you have children, leave these cities and dangerous places.

      Do it for something more important than your own life. For your children.

      My ancestry did just that. And as annoying as it has been for me to do the same, more than 6 times in twenty years. I’ve never regretted the decision to start over again.. costly? Yes!

      Take care of your families!

    • Gregory

      Blacks critisize other blacks all the time…if they are acting white. It’s call the soul patrol.

  • The Power Broker

    Barkley often makes valid points [rather popular or not] that are pushed way left (taken outside of context) anytime he speaks regarding Black Americans doing more for ourselves and or demanding more accountability. I am disturb as well that Black Americans aren’t more up in arms about the Black on Black murder rate as It feels it too often swept under the rug (sorta speak). End of day all Americans need to do better. The Police worthy of our trust need to do a better job of aiding their departments in riding themselves of officers that are not worthy of wearing the uniform (as most know when there is a cowboy among them) There will be mistakes in high tension volatile situations However when man power is on your side and the use of force is blatantly excessive there has to be recourse. What ever the case be safe out there people.

    • A.R.

      @thepowerbroker:disqus Thanks for commenting. There are Black groups across the country who are marching and rallying to stop Black on Black violence. Please research organizations such as Build Inc in Chicago, A Better LA in Los Angeles, and Cure Violence in NY. These organizations are working tirelessly to end Black on Black crime. However, you won’t see or read about them in the mainstream media. Black people are angry at crime and want answers, so please don’t believe that there aren’t people fighting to solve problems.

      • https://disqus.com/home/channel/realitytvcelebrities/ Dunit

        Well said.

      • The Power Broker

        I never said that Blacks aren’t protesting against Black on Black violence. My point is that too often those protest aren’t met with the same degree of ferocity Blacks protest White Police officers killing Blacks. The agencies you mentioned are doing all they can without a doubt but WE can still do a better job individually out reach wise. To my point if mainstream media isn’t shining a light on those efforts, is that not a case of “Sweeping the issues under the rug (sorta speak)”. The comments are all over the place, there is really no way to speak to so many DIFFERENT areas of concern in a paragraph as context clearly will be taken out of context.

        • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

          “My point is that too often those protest aren’t met with the same degree of ferocity Blacks protest White Police officers killing Blacks.”

          Actually, the problem isn’t the “ferocity” of blacks, it’s the total disinterest in the media to cover it. Black people don’t decide what the media covers or how they cover it. Your arguments are blaming black people for not being ferocious in trying to get their point across totally ignoring that they are killing blacks regardless of our demeanor. The problem is not how or what black people do, because they are black regardless of their actions. The problem is squarely on the police who is pulling the trigger that kills someone.

          It’s insulting to read this crap. There always seems to be a way for the black victim to have changed their behavior in a way that would have kept a cop from killing them. There’s very seldom a discussion of what the cop should have done to avoid killing an innocent man because the cop is scared. Especially when white people are the ones that kill them most.

          • The Power Broker

            No, that was not my point. I made multiple comments addressing separate concerns. Again my comments are being taken out of context.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            You didn’t make “multiple comments addressing separate concerns” in the post I am replying to. The quote marks I used means that I was quoting from your previous post. So when you said it was your point, you were lying or being misleading for some reason?

          • The Power Broker

            What is silly is your clear inability to keep comments in context. The degree to which Black Americans voice their disgust when Blacks kill Blacks is simply not done at the same heightened levels it is done at when Police Kill Blacks (right , wrong or otherwise). Now if you are unable to decipher that than clearly you are without a doubt an misguided Lad, passionate Lad perhaps but an misguided Lad nonetheless. I never expressed and or suggested any sentiment that would eradicate Police of any unjustified actions and or use of force against Blacks. TWO DIFFERENT CONTEXT!!! Now if you are one of the many persons expecting the MEDIA to [all of the sudden] take an interest in the positives happening in Black communities go ahead and sign up for your 40 acres and a mule as well.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            “The degree to which Black Americans voice their disgust when Blacks kill Blacks is simply not done at the same heightened levels it is done at when Police Kill Blacks.”

            Demonstrate this to be true instead of your limited perspective of what is being done in the black community about the issue. The rest of your comments is simply negative characterizations of me to distract from the fact that you’re not doing anything except swallowing racist memes and putting them forth as if they’ve been demonstrated as fact.

    • cupcake333

      70% cops are killled by white 5 cops kill was unusual and not tipical blacks on black crime while a hugh issue.. need correction that why we have inmate programs for men coming out prison we have black youth programs , places like steve harvey boys camp.. and the boys and girls clubs it take money to us educated and no life is worth killing a person you take away a precious life money cant buy freedom no more like 4oo years ago i was born free , my struggle misunderstood

    • i_call_it…bs

      Black on black crime isn’t a thing anymore than white on white crime. First you should educate yourselves on the issues at hand, then you should offer up helpful, thoughtful, provocative advice. Not blame people who should not be held to the same standard as the persons being paid to protect them. Where the hell is the logic in that?

      Seriously. Education. Start there – and that’s every black person. Education is the key – 100%.

      • The Power Broker

        Actually Black on Black murder is a thing, especially when the numbers are continuing to go up with no resolution in sight. The concept of “Serve and Protect” for a lot of communities is non-existent, which is also root of the problems. I’m a fan of accountability across the board and def believe that education is key. So as far as educating one’s self to the issues at hand… all I can say is we can all educate ourselves more in the spirit of ways to strengthen our infrastructure but it will never happen until our accountability for us goes beyond theirs to us.

      • Malcolmx Reloaded

        You are not getting it, but you probably won’t. If you got 6x the
        murder, then you get 6x the cops which is what black people complained
        about when at one time it seemed no black murderers and rapes were
        getting solved. Black leaders begged for more police to bring down
        epidemic violent crime, they got the funding and now the hood is
        saturated with cops to stop ignorant acting fools in the hood from
        shooting up any and everything. The murder rate is 6x that of whites.
        That means if blacks were to increase to the population of whites with
        the same murder rate, then you would see 30,000 more blacks murdered
        each year. Asians would have like less than 1000 if their population
        equaled whites. That’s simple math. BTW, you can’t have a free state
        with people who are not capable of high level thinking and behavioral
        qualities that is necessary for a open society. Just like some kids can
        be allowed free play learning(Montessori) while other children are so
        misbehaved, their whole day must be planned out in tedious detail.

      • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

        Actually, KNOWLEDGE is the key. Education is simply a set of programming. But I agree with everything else you said.

        • i_call_it…bs

          You can not gain knowledge without education. Period. Education is the key. I didn’t specify where to get said education, but they definitely need to start there. You’ll never know anything for certain, but knowledge comes from education and living. Every person on earth has access to the living aspect, it’s education most are lacking. Life’s experience can only get you so far, which means that education is definitely a starting place.

          By and by, we both agree with the end result – it’s all semantics- and that’s all that matters because regardless of the how it begins, the outcome should be the same.

          • http://www.thecityofkothos.com Von Bailey

            We disagree about Education vs Knowledge and I’m fine with agreeing to disagree.

          • i_call_it…bs

            Agree.

            We’ve agreed! 🙂

    • cupcake333

      BARKLEY IS A BLACK REPUBLICAN AND RICH .. HIS POINT AND OPINION ARE INVALID .. LIKE PAPER IN WATER ..DEGRADED…J
      he likes punch lines about black america which will cause a white knod of approval , he is bored since leaving nba and this is how he waste time.. he oviously was raised by uncle toms he is out of touch and need to JOIN THE NEW BLACK PANTHERS ..to learn history .. we are talking about AMERICAN HISTORY not recent history cause recent history dont tell it all its sad what were told …

  • Kirsten

    Charles Barkley spoke his truth his knowledge. Listen to different opinions and recognize that you both might be right. Do ALL black lives matter? Every few weeks or months people march against another death by cops. If people did the same for blacks murdered by other blacks the streets would never be empty and the march would never end –

    We need the police. Some are racist they need to go. Some are inexperienced they need guidance. Some are good and solid they need our support. Hell, some are just bad at their job and need to be fired for incompetence.

    I believe that Charles Barkley is not speaking out against African Americans but speaking to a situation. I think he is saying that black lives matter to him. He’s trying to focus attention on the deaths of many many people who are being killed by their own.

    p.s. I wonder what the murder rate is for whites killing whites? I wonder how many whites are being shot or killed by cops and I wonder what would happen if the news stations started covering it?

    p.p.s. Thanks Power Broker I just read your comments which makes me ask the question – why won’t the media give equal attention to ‘Build Inc’, Better LA, and Cure Violence’?

    • Satsplace

      Here is the reality… We are outraged by the black on black crime in our disenfranchised communities. Council woman Chauna Davis in Baton Rouge, LA. said it best when she stated that we must decrease our politicians and increase our communities in an effort to establish order and accountability in our communities. The reason for the outrage over racial profiling is because our community suffers from ALL angles…..Disproportionate incarceration rates, murders, etc. We should be outraged, we should demand accountability. We should not be silent when injustices happen in our community REGARDLESS of the criminal statistics of that community. Those statistics DO NOT justify mistreatment or misconduct. We have a lot to fix but we won’t be able to accomplish this by being devisive or critical of one another. While we are on policing there needs to be policy changes that monitor WHO is policing our communities. This contributes to a lot of what we are seeing as it relates to our relationship with law enforcement.

      • Kirsten

        Hi Satsplace, I tried to reply to your post but somehow it disappeared anyway your post is excellent and the quote of Council woman Chauna Davis in Baton Rouge, LA. is excellent too. I guess my one point is that I wish the news would make more time to report positive actions in the African American communities and show when blacks and whites and browns protest together and show that the majority of marches are positive like the one in Texas until one person destroyed it and caused heartbreak. I think showing good acts would uplift people watching the media and inspire some to get involved however they know how. Thanks for reading, Kirsten

        • Satsplace

          Kirsten, part of the problem is the coverage of the problems. We ALL have a responsibility in what happens, is represented, or is contributed to in the world around us. We have devolved into a society that is increasingly becoming separate which is decreasing the compassion that we have for each other. Unfortunately, our media has become a catalyst for this shift. It seems that sensationalizing or skewing the report manager have become the new format of journalism. These last few weeks have been a serious wake up call for me. I have watched me city climax to chaos and malice through prejudices, non-responsive leadership and irresponsible journalism. As a result, the violence continues and today we’ve witnessed additional lives lossed.

      • Malcolmx Reloaded

        The problem is the murder rate is too high, You have too many cops having to deal with too many crooks and hoodlums. Where is all this money coming from to pay all these cops? Some white people say it is unfair that some cities get so much police protection. You will see funding cut for police and mayor’ begging for cops back once that murder rate inches up.

        • Kirsten

          Question, really white people complaining about not getting enough police in their community that doesn’t make sense-unless they are in a crime ridden area? I’ve never heard that complaint in person on the news or anywhere. Respectfully, Kirsten
          p.s. I believe cops should be sent to areas that have more crime and that makes sense and I agree with you otherwise.
          p.p.s. Cops are not the enemy they are our first line of defense a national treasure.
          p.p.p.s And if it makes a difference I have over the years been harassed by police or chp, pulled over for no reason,(one time I was told my reflector lights weren’t working) pulled over when a cop lied about the speed limit tried to say I was over it and even told on one occasion I looked like a criminal was I sure I didn’t have a record. (these are all separate events) By the way, I have also gotten pulled over for legitimate reasons too.
          p.p.p.p.s. But no one should be assumed guilty until ALL the information comes out and on this last thing I’ll shut up.

    • The Power Broker

      Hola Kristen, My position is, who cares… the strength of those programs will continue to thrive as long as more people get involved in them and commit to actually being present consistently. We already know that media has no vested stake in our communities outside of what is convenient so it doesn’t surprise me that media attention is so limited to the positive things we are attempting to do to create positive options and peaceful resolve. Kinda the way it has always been. Why does State Farm have a commercial with 4 Black NBA All Stars (one wearing a skirt and wig) who’s collective worth is in the neighborhood of half a Billion dollars being saved by a white insurance agent, when Chris Paul’s original affiliation with State Farm was as an (wait for it) insurance agent? Why couldn’t State Farm hire a woman from the WNBA to play the role of “the woman” (WNBA players can surely use the endorsements money). I don’t know Kristen but I do know the more things change the more things stay the same, minus forced accountability.

      • Kirsten

        How do you define forced accountability? Examples?

  • Bob Sheridan

    I hate this coon. He is just the white man’s dog. So fucking dumb and ignorant. There IS NO SUCH THING AS BLACK ON BLACK CRIME. It’s criminals killing criminals. When is the last time you heard about an educated black man killing another one? Or one not living in an impoverished neighborhood?

    When Italians were killing each other in Chicago and in NY years ago. It wasn’t white on white crime. It was the Mafia or gangstas. Fuck the Jew media for always trying to make black people bad every chance they get. Never any positive stories, just negative.

    These cops are a piece of shit. They are just killing and getting away with it. License and registration, soon as you reach for it. BOOM. Then I “feared for my life BS” starts. Why didn’t they fear for their life with the Oregon Standoff. Or with those cowards Ryan Giroux, Dylan Roof, and James Holmes? The crazy one was Robert Dear Jr. He killed two cops and was taken in safely. Why? Because they are all white.

    Black people need to stop these stupid ass protests. They are worthless. I don’t condone the shooting of the Dallas cop shooting. Random cops should never be the target. Only the ones that commit these heinous crimes should be clipped IMO.

  • Wachu Lookinat

    According to a Department of Justice report in 2015, Black and Hispanic police officers are more likely to fire a gun at blacks than white officers. A study about the Philadelphia Police Department, and further confirmed by University of Pennsylvania criminologist Greg Ridgeway in 2015 that determined black cops were 3.3 times more likely to fire a gun than other cops at a crime scene.

    According to FBI data, blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops. It also found that 40 percent of cop killers are black. Police officers are 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black than a cop killing an unarmed black person.

    • Jabari Monroe

      @watchu_lookinat:disqus Please provide links to theses studies

    • sisnompu

      Research and surveys give answers and conclusions to assumptions and questions through sampling. It is possible to arrive at a racist or bigoted conclusion through surveys. This one is blatantly racist and can only serve tentre

  • cupcake333

    barkley is an idiot and no one really like him , is the reason is against blacks even when he was playing fans booed him all the time , he is arrogant beyond that tank head and he seems real evil, surprise he got anyone to marry him .. he is against blacks and he is black his type of thiinking is what we want to run away from he is the kind of thinking we want rolemodeling our kids .. why do they allow him a platform./ knowing hes a black kkk anti black fool

  • chuy verdugo

    Barkley is spot on.You cannot be ignorant when you are right.

  • MrUniteUs1

    Say no to Jews and Blacks that promote the n-word and killing Black people.
    No one negative word about Jews allowed, just Black against Black.

    Watch this Jewish promoter.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlamhgoFxHY

  • cupcake333

    REMEMBER HISTORY
    1. the media is owned by whites alway has
    2 .black crime make whites feel better about adam lanza and ted bundy and swear
    they are not bloodline to white lynch mobs and kkk grandaddies
    3. we had no history book on blacks being killed by whtes in 1900-1970
    4. blacks see history of torment by whites resurfacing thru recent killings
    5 . some white marched with us .. hide blacks in underground rail road, and remember john brown white man 1800 killed a few whites in protest of black being killed and rapped a abolishnist all whites are not racist
    6. we fight for tommorow today want help us without voices and leaders
    7. a white cop dead is sad , but a black man is unjustified and pity on a nation
    8. blacks kill blacks mostly .. but cops dont show up until were dead …
    9. fear is little black boy fearing cops recipe for murder”
    10. blacks in congresss are uncle toms house NIG.ERS who bleieve lincoln is jesus and moses in one forgetting fredrick douglas actually freed us
    11. martin luther king was brain washed and was killed fighting for trashe workers not blacks …
    12. marcus garvey was here charles barkeley would be locked away in a basement deemed mentally ill deranged fool straight jacket and all
    13 . everyone who fought for black rights is dead martin luther k medgar evers malacolm x john kennedy lincoln , obama is safe cause he whiite
    14. we cant keep black communities growing if we let chinese arabs and jew own all the business.. they send their kids to college not build boys and girl cluibs in those areas they have stores getting rich while we walk around pig feet in one hand beer in another selling crack to homeless and poor…diggin new graves dailey .. white no matter how poor dont allow those kinds of admosphere around their kids .. if you move slum chinese store selling junk out the hood we be better off its like flies attract shi%t …. and run down liquor and shack stores ae SH.IT IN A BLACK AREA BULL DOZE THEM FORCEING CRIME DOWN . AND BALCKS TO GET A LIFE .. .. put mental ill and dope adics out of businesss survelance on every corner…. and balck cops patroling

  • pbcrock

    I’m 49 & my uncle is 59 We were going to pick up some take out I’m my aunt’s car..As we were deciding who was going to drive my aunts Car a funny but sad thing happened…smh I said as he was going to his car hey I thought we were driving aunte car he said we are.I said so why you going to your car he lauģted & said to get my licence..I said oh you keep it in the dash bird he said yea I donttwant to be fumbling around in my pocket & get murdered smh I laughed & said yea I just started keeping mine & my registration over mine too smdh..We were joking but this dhit is real out hear…DWB..has truly become a death sentence..Where is the freedom or justice in that…

  • adbklyn

    It’s an oversimplification, but he makes valid points. How much police presence in predominately low income neighborhoods is because of the propensity for crime and violence? However, that being said can we honestly say that black people are not treated differently that others when it comes to how law enforcement is dispatched? We have the proof…and often right on video.

    Now here is the one part I agree with; .when there is a police killing our so called leaders are out in force, because in all honesty they know the press will be there. However, the level of outrage of the killing of children, innocent bystanders…and worse some of our communities young best who are actually mapping out a future are killed by random violence.

    Not only is there no outrage, but the silence is deafening…due to the fear of retribution.

  • Robert L A Daugherty

    You dumb azz coon! You believe that just because the publication is black that it can’t criticize someone who is black and ignorant?! Barkley is a raving idiot who regularly says ridiculous things and coons like a sambo clone to further his own political aspirations. Sandra bland, sterling, the guy who got stopped ggor the tail light, the man choked to death for selling loose cigarettes, the guy in the walmart shopping for a bb gun while talking on the phone who the cops came in and executed. Tell me how they could have shown this so called respect this over blown fat bastard is talking about? The cops are out of control and have too few consequences for murdering people and denying them due process under the law. It is wrong and needs to change. If you stand against that change you are worthless

  • Robert L A Daugherty

    When black people murder black people and they go to jail. When Cops murder a black people they get promoted. See the difference?

  • BlackShuck89

    Based Barkley.

  • sugarntasty

    Did you say something, so damn typical wanting attention. From you asshole using vulgar jargon on “Creep” generalizing. When cops beat your chump ass down without frown. Whom sitting around trying to assist disfavor injustice Blacks pay taxes. NAPO refuse respect Blacks Moron! Going appease whom, certainly not segregation of “America” run for something not your mouth. Seek not interest only speculation, nice try Ugly face not voice shut your Ass!

  • Rob

    This article is horrible. It is full of conjecture, bias, and the writer’s own personal theories.

    Also, you cant compare two different things and take away anything meaningful. Ie: percentage of cops killed by whites vs an intiger number of blacks killes by police. Apples to apples only please.

  • too blind to see

    and when did this knuckle head become world renowned? some people put their trust in the weirdest arenas. how much integrity can a person that spites in crowds have, doesn’t matter his age at the time. some actions shows real life personalities, being older and a celeb does not change that fact

  • too blind to see

    By the way is Barkley from a area of this type or did he just parrot what he’s heard?

  • NilesAkbar

    Oh, Mr. Barkley didn’t go all PC for you? waaa, waa, he’s not black enough for you folks? So successful black men and women are not allowed to step outside what is expected of them by their leftist “Betters?” You guys ARE the problem, in black and white.

  • bob

    Skipping Objective Journalism 101 in school just caught up with you.

  • Sonokar

    This started out as news but quickly became a personal attack against someone with a different opinion. The status quo these dsys.

  • Jackson

    Barkley has always spoken the truth and nobody ever likes it.

  • SkyBirdie

    “There are criminals of all races in every city in America. However,
    Blacks are being killed at an alarming rate. Over 71 percent of police
    who were shot and killed in 2016 were killed by White men. But over 100
    unarmed Blacks were killed by police in 2015, according to Mapping
    Police Violence. That reveals how Blacks are overwhelmingly victims of
    police violence without posing as a serious threat.”

    That doesn’t even make any sense, how do you look at those two unrelated statistics and draw your conclusion ? I agree with your overall point, generally, but this isn’t the way to argue your point.

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  • KCWang

    As a white person who has been profiled and questioned many times (youth, time of day, long hair, who knows?), I would like to offer this bit of advice. Be calm and polite when questioned by the police. Turn off your cell phone camera. Don’t carry a weapon in the first place (you are dreaming if you think you can effectively use it for protection). Now, OK, bash me if you want. But give it a try. It might save your life and keep you out of the lockup.

  • Jon Doe

    What a great non opinionated piece. Straight to the facts without any agenda…this is why I love Rolling Stone (turns around and shits the door)

  • Curtisandelizabeth Hubbard

    Its not exactly fair to expect police not to be on edge when dealing with people from a group who are around 3% of the population but commit 50% of murders. Yes police should train in de-escalation and wear body cameras but asking them to ignore facts is dangerous.

  • ksm_mmd

    The guy that wrote this article is an idiot.

  • mf2112

    tl;dr – Charles Barkley is simply ignorant about a great many things.

  • Gabe

    What a dumb ass. All you have to do is see the videos, watch and read the news yourself. What are the people supposed to do when you are lying on the ground, your hands up in the air and you still get shot. The brutality and inhumane treatment of the public by the police, the people they swore to protect has been going on for years and years. It has only come to light lately because bystanders are able to record and post police behavior. I think the public are tired of this and it is our right as US Citizens to protect ourselves. The government are not doing enough to protect us but they keep forcefully take our taxes, trained and pay the police to murder the public. So, it is like, we pay them to murder us.

  • TACH

    Barkley live with millionaire Repubs so it’s no surprise that he holds GOP views his pay check depend on it. In the old days Black Folks use to call him a House N—–r But he knows only Black Folks will stand by him when they turn on him like they did with OJ

  • Jeff Quickle

    You’re an idiot! Barkley tells it like it is, own it! Many of those blacks shot bty police had guns, knives, toy guns aimed at people, were thugs who just beat up a store owner and stole stuff and so on. Of course there are more whites shooting cops, there are many more whites in this world, ya know? Go back to school, a new and better one!

  • nibot kram

    It’s sad that you don’t see Barkley as right on the money.
    If the black community acted as he suggested there would be less death, violence and more peace, harmony, love and prosperity in these besieged black communities.
    Perpetuating the misery with the status quo attitude will not move us forward as a society.

  • Moose!

    I’m white.

    • KCWang

      You look green to me.

  • RUreallyFree

    And while black communities March and demonstrate to bring awareness of black on black violence, the facts remain:. The black community has much much more to be done to improve and stabilize peacefully the criminal element within society. The numbers do not lie!

    Rather than attack Barkley for speaking directly to the truth of the matter, it would be more as sincere to include his voice, an important voice of truth, in the totality of the discussion!

    Instead the community is ‘represented’ by black leadership that appeals to a violent tendency that refuses even to Duffy’s l discuss the lawlessness of so many in the black community and the groups that espouse radical violent methods. They do this to promote facts that are manufactured and twisted. These views do inflame radical violence, and they do promote racial violence that anyone can see does plainly fall very short of condemning these acts if terrorism. And that is what it is. Anarchistic promotion!

    These are so called black leadership, and a growing list of these self proclaimed leadership is taking the wrong message and assigning with wild abandon. It is not difficult to suspect these black leaders are aiming to further their own private racist goals and simply using the power big their flawed messages to create nothing short of a racial best zone.

    They are literally building a divided nation that insists we are not one people, but separate, unequal, and divisive.

    Watch how they behave.

    That is not to say white leadership does not also create the same problems. No doubt that is true!

    But this article is about black on black violence and Charles Barkley. And the opinion of the writer! Which I happen to disagree on his points.

    Fact is, more people white and black need to listen to people bloke Charles Barkley.. people who are capable of seeing past color, and can look you in the face and tell you that the emperor had no clothes.

    All people in America need to desire to make changes. And often, folks, that means ‘betraying’ social ‘rules’ that pretend the problems lie elsewhere.

    The truth makes you safe. The truth makes you stronger. The truth is dependable. The truth allows a society to embrace law and order.

    The truth is missing in many of the factions of hate groups.

    Powerful people are using that fear and lack of moral courage to accumulate power with no regard to the cost.

    We all bleed.

  • http://redirwin.com Dave Irwin

    “Over 71 percent of police who were shot and killed in 2016 were killed by White men. But over 100 unarmed Blacks were killed by police in 2015…” Why not compare apples to apples? What PERCENTAGE of people killed by police were black and what PERCENTAGE were white? If you’ll actually take time to look at the figures you’ll see that as a percentage, blacks are less likely to be shot by police. If your goal was to incite more prejudice based on misleading cherry picking of disjointed facts, good job.

  • scottiefromlafayette

    Whoever wrote this article is a total toolbag. Charles is right about BLM not caring about black-on-black violence. And even if masses march, nothing changes until individuals who are shooting others in their own community take heed, and place importance on the lives of other black people. The cops made a mistake with using deadly force on Alton Sterling, after he was already subdued, but Alton Sterling made two mistakes ; the first carrying a gun when legally he was not permitted to do so, and then secondly by threatening someone with this illegally-held gun. If he does neither of those two things, the cops NEVER EVEN SHOW UP THAT DAY. Still, the cops used lethal force when it was not warranted, so they have to answer for that. And the Castile events, no doubt about it, are very different, and the cop who shot him really screwed that up. Legally OK for him to carry, no criminal record, and a dumb cop made a very poor decision, and a man lost his life. But for people to protest unlawful deaths with premeditated murder of cops is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. It is very important to separate out the circumstances …. like Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, and Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. I have lots of criticisms for the way that cops have behaved in many events in the past few years, but people need to make better decisions, and I applaud Charles Barkley for offering his input.

  • NoJusticeNoPeace1964

    Barkley is not 100% wrong. Though he is no expert on these matters, as he is on NBA matters.

  • bjkjoseph .

    He is just telling it like it is.

  • Gregory

    Wow. They held a rally, did they? Did they then go straight to the next vigil? Rallies and vigils don’t do anything. Tell me something of substance that black people actually did. How about taking steps to reduce the number of illigitimate children? Reduce the number of high school drop outs? Clean-up the trash-filled neighborhoods?

  • Jellita Biafrica

    Sorry kiss-ass, but sucking up to the oppressor won’t save you in the end – they’ll just stuff you in the gas chamber last.

    “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” – U.S. Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776

    End the white war on young black males! Free our people from the AmeriKKKan GULAG! #StandAndFight

    • KCWang

      Nobody is going to stuff you in the gas chamber, now or later. Just go ahead on and consider helping the young black males improve themselves. It is the traditional pathways that are tried and proven. Education, apprenticeships, military service, other public service. Forget the revolutionary bullshit. I have been around long enough and seen enough revolutionaries that I know it and they are not going to make it. Think about it. Get on with your lives.

      • Jellita Biafrica

        “helping the young black males improve themselves.” Of course, it’s always the victim and not the aggressor who has to make the change, isn’t that right? “If she wasn’t wearing that dress she wouldn’t have been raped!” Sure, sure. How sickening.

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  • Will Sampson

    wow; you could stand a class in statistics and use thereof, and in thinking, cuz the numbers that you quote have absolutely no meaning. The numbers may be correct individually, but your use of them is idiocy

  • Doug

    Not only does Barkley have it right, and the author of this piece have it mindlessly wrong, but Barkley’s remarks mirror remarks made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a half century ago.

    “Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58 percent of its crimes? We’ve got to face that. And we’ve got to do something about our moral standards. We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.”

    — Martin Luther King Jr. (in a sermon to a St. Louis church congregation, 1961)

  • David Keith

    What if the leader of emptiness is himself empty and transient. Will the kernel of envy ripen to a just and decent future or is it less than shame?
    A vote for Hillary could make this right and so much more.

  • Ronald73

    A.R.Shaw has made an attempt to write with some perspective & balance but still shows his bias. We all know that police should not shoot unarmed and/or innocent people — of any race. It’s terrible when it happens but Barkley has correctly observed that by showing respect for each other black people will begin to receive more respectful treatment from law enforcement, both black and white officers.

  • Brad S

    Dear author. Before criticizing Mr Barkley for not doing his research when being asked to speak his mind, please provide comparable useful statistics unlike the loaded crap you just left on my front lawn. “71 % of cop killings were on whites but 100 were unarmed blacks”…wtf.

  • cupcake333

    you WANT TO ASK HIM WHAT THE FUCK IS IN HIS BRAIN CAUSING ALL THE MENTAL ISSUES ..BUT MENTAL RETARD IS A BIRTH RIGHT LMAO

    i feel sorry for him it seem like the kkk is paying him to belittle his self , he has no money he hasnt played ball since 1990 and when money funny and u have no education macdonald job want do if barkley could prostitute he would!!! i see why majic johnson want deal with him

  • cupcake333

    NOTE TO DUMMIES

    COPS BEEN HIDING GUNS AND WEAPON CLAIMING TO BE ON A MAN THEY KILLED FOR YEARS
    WHEN OFF DUTY THEY GOT NETWORKS of illegal gun sellers whom can sell a GUN FOR WHAT THEY CALL A CAREER SAVE … HUNDRED OF COP SHOULD BE IN PRISON FOR PLANTING DOPE AND GUNS ON BLACK MEN .. . HUNDREDS OF BLACK MEN IN PRISON SAYING THEY WERE FRAMED .BY COP … A jury goes on proof… SOME POLICE DEPT DID STINGS BUSTING COP WHO WERE IN A RING TO PLACE MURDERS ON BLACK MAN .. why? to place as many black men in prison as possible in an attempt to keep them from dating white chicks .. and it worked .. 20 to 40 years on crimes they were framed where he might of had a $30 bag of weed . cop plant $1000 worth which make him a distributor
    cop find weed on dealers and let them go AND USE THE DOPE TO FRAME A MAN THEy KILL SIMPLE .. THATS WHY THEY HAVE INTERNAL AFFAIRS … whom suppose to be non police…
    THEY INVESTIGATE POLICE IF REPORTED MOST FAMILIES HAVE NO PROOF TO TAKE TO INTERNAL AFFAIRS … RESULTING CRIMES LIKE ALTON STERILING HE WAS SET UP …
    i dont believe a man with an illegal weapon who is on the same corner selling cds will have an illegal gun in his pocket black men know a cop could show up anytime if selling cds is not real legal ,, but not a hugh offense if store owner approves of him selling … he had no reason to carry a gun? to cell cds ?
    he wasnt selling dope are gold coins . . and he had no reason to fear anyone cause he knew everyone UMMM? HE WAS SET UP AND GRAND JURY DONT KNOW HOW TO RULE IT CAUSE SOMEONE FORGOT TO PLACE ALTON FINGER PRINT ON GUN?
    IF THERE WAS A GUN ????? LIES LIES LIES ? PRIMARY REASON DALLAS COP PAID THE PRICE CAUSE PEOPLE KNOW THE SYSTEM IS FOR THEIR OWN … AND I THINK ANY MURDER IS SINCELESS .. WHO ARE ANY OF UIS TO TAKE A LIFE …. COP NEED A BETTER TASER TO APPREHEND SUSPECT TO KILL A MAN CAUSE U FELT THRETEN MEANS U NEED TO FIND A NEW JOB … U CALL FOR BACK UP AND DO A STAND OFF ..
    IF ASSAILAN RUN U DONT CHASE .. CAUSE WHY ARE U CHASING A PERSON? EVENTUALLY THEY WILL BE CAUGHT …

  • Steve Milanesi

    Barkley always brings a strong perspective to the table. I wish he would have considered politics after basketball. He also is a natural businessman and could do something special for the future of our economy. In many ways he is an entrepreneur.

  • John Smith

    negras ruin everything

  • Paul Napoli

    No… “you” are wrong, and offering completely dis-joined “facts” about police killings. The number of police being killed, and the number of blacks being killed have NO RELATION to each other. Did you think by stating 2 (attempts at) facts, that you could somehow leap to a conclusion??

    FACTS – After accounting for the delta in white/black populations, WHITE people are 3x a likely to be shot & killed by police than blacks. I know it doesn’t fit your preferred narrative, but the facts are the facts. Black people are NOT being “hunted” by the police.