Former NBA star Charles Barkley blasted the media on Thursday for helping to stir up charges of racism in the days since the George Zimmerman verdict was announced and said that he agreed with the verdict.
Barkley appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell and spoke with Maria Bartiromo about the Zimmerman trial:
Well I agree with the verdict. I feel sorry that the one kid got killed. But they did not have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that, clearly something went wrong that night. I feel bad for anybody that loses a kid, but if you looked at the case, you don’t make, there was some racial profiling, no question about it.
But something happened to change the dynamic of that night and I know that’s probably not a popular opinion among most people, but just looking at evidence, I agree with the verdict. I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a pure heart as I call it.
There are very few people that have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any shape or form. There are a lot of black people who are racist too. Sometimes people talk about race they act like all the white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist.
And I don’t like it when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.
He went on to express his sympathy over the killing, but also noted that Martin wasn’t completely innocent, in his opinion:
But I think Trayvon Martin, rest his soul, I think he did flip the switch and started to beat the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was a bad situation, like I said. The main thing I feel bad about is that it gives every white person and black person whose racist a platform to vent their ignorance.
Bam! Barkley has exposed the inconvenient truths that blacks can be racist, and that the media were largely to blame for helping fan the flames of racism. You won’t hear this from Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or any other black leader who has conveniently pulled the race card from out of their back pocket once again.