‘It’s like them jackasses who are looting. Those aren’t real black people. Those are scumbags.
Real black people… they’re not out there looting. I just watched a great story on CNN where a bunch of really amazing folks wouldn’t let them burn down establishments… it was a great story.
Unfortunately, the way the media portrays a lot of black people… we only put the negative black people on television. We don’t put the good, hard working black people… there’s a perception among some black people that if you’re not a thug or a hood-rat, and you don’t wear your pants down around your ass you’re not black enough. And they are always holding us back, plain and simple.
There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars…If it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods. We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?’ Charles Barkley, December 1, 2014