The acquittal of George Zimmerman has once again brought racism to the forefront of the news. Some racists have gone to extremes to show their blind hated for anyone different than themselves. One of those is Jesse Jackson who said that the UN needs to get involved and then said that Florida is an apartheid state.
Another racist black is Attorney General Eric Holder who has ordered all of the evidence from the Zimmerman case be sealed and held for a Justice Department investigation. He is one of many blacks that are not satisfied that a jury who sat and listened to all of the evidence decided to acquit Zimmerman.
But one black American says he is okay with the Zimmerman verdict and that both whites and blacks are racist. Former NBA star Charles Barkley has been a controversial figure for many years. He has made outrageous statements in the past, but I have found that he often speaks the truth from his heart. I’m not saying I’m a Barkley fan, but I was impressed with his recent interview with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC’s Closing Bell. Barkley said that he accepted the verdict in the trial and that both blacks as well as whites are racist:
CHARLES BARKLEY: Well, I agreed with the verdict. I feel sorry that young kid got killed. But they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night. Clearly something went wrong. I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it. But something happened that changed the dynamic of that night, and I know — that’s probably not a popular opinion among most people but just looking at the evidence I agreed 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 have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form — a lot of black people are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they say only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.
MARIA BARTIROMO, CNBC: I’m glad you made that point.
BARKLEY: Obviously I feel sorry that young kid got killed but just judging by the evidence, I don’t think that guy should have went to jail the rest of his life. Something happened bad that night, obviously.
BARTIROMO: I like what the juror said, they both should have walked away. And if there is a shadow of a doubt, there is a shadow of a doubt.
BARKLEY: And let me tell you, Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue — he was racial profiling. I think Trayvon Martin, God rest his soul, I think he did flip the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation. And like I said, the main thing I feel bad for, it gives every white and black person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance.
That’s the thing that bothers me the most because I watched this trial closely and I watch all these people on television talking about it. A lot of people have a hidden agenda. You know, they want their racist views, whether they are white or black —
BARTIROMO: The bias comes out.
BARKLEY: The bias, it definitely comes out. It was a bad situation, we all lost. And I feel bad for his parents. You don’t ever want to see anybody lose a kid.
If only more members of the black community would see the truth and accept the verdict like Barkley. I applaud him for being honest and open about the Zimmerman case and hope and pray that his words are taken to heart by millions of others.