Dan Le Batard is great. All the bad things I said about him a couple years ago are officially revoked. So once I heard that Charles Barkley would be talking on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz about Black Lives Matter and the Dallas shootings, I put on my headphones and listened. Not because I thought that I’d be hearing anything particularly new or insightful, I listened because two men who don’t care what the world thinks about them were going to discuss some pretty sensitive topics.
Charles Barkley took the obvious Charles side–which is to say that he had no problem placing the blame on police officers and black people. People are claiming that Barkley even believed that African Americans have the right to racially profiled because of their previous behavior.
Meanwhile Dan Le Batard took the side of rational people, claiming that racial profiling was unjust.
I recognize that there’s a big difference between street smarts and book smarts, but something’s a little stinky when you have Barkley admitting (earlier in this interview) that he never went to class while he was in college and then lecturing America about a topic as intricate and difficult as race relations in the 21st Century.
There’s a short clip of the speech below, which you’re welcome to listen to.