Thursday, July 18, 2013

Charles Barkley Speaks On The Zimmerman Trial

Earlier today I received a message from a radio programmer by the name of Barry Jackson. Emotions are still running high over the Zimmerman verdict however Mr. Jackson who just happens to be black approached me with logic, reason, and an apparent stab at respect.  Jackson's point was that I should either only make comments that are acceptable to the artistic community or I need to think and put aside my thoughts in the name of political correctness. This sounds a bit muddled as is Jackson's apparent grasp of the basic grammar. There were no winners in this case but what I told Jackson was simply this:

I believe in justice based on the laws as they are defined and on the books...I do not believe in justice based on race, gender or orientation. Emotions are not logical and lack clear reasoning. Facts deal with the specifics and in this case the local officials had ZERO chance of a victory. If a Federal civil rights case is brought and this would only happen because of racial pressure, the government must PROVE what was in Zimmerman's heart and his intent. If this could not be accomplished locally there is little if any chance it would happen on a federal level.

I have received threatening emails but have received twice as many people holding high places of respect within the artistic community that champion my opinion no matter how unpopular.

Below are remarks from Charles Barkley. While I am not a huge fan of Barkley as an analyst on basketball his remarks concerning this case are as fair and reasoned as one could hope for.

July 18, 2013 - NBA legend Charles Barkley appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo Thursday afternoon and shared his incredibly diplomatic views on George Zimmerman's acquittal. "I agree with the verdict," Barkley told Bartiromo. "I'm sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn't have enough evidence to charge him."

Barkley admitted that he did see some "racial profiling" in the case, but said "something happened that changed the dynamic that night." He recognized what he was saying was "probably not a popular opinion among most people," but "looking at the evidence" he said he agreed with the jury's decision.

He also called out the media for not having a "pure heart" when it comes to race. "Racism is wrong in any, shape or form," Barkley said. "A lot of black people are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they say only white people are racist, but I think black people are too. I don't think the media has clean hands."

Despite Zimmerman's "racial profiling," in Barkley's assessment, "Trayvon Martin, God rest his soul, he did flip the switch and start beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman." He added that he "feels bad" that the trial gave "every white person and black person who is racist the platform to vent their ignorance. That's the thing that bothered me the most. I watched this trial closely. I watched these people on television talking about it. A lot of these people have a hidden agenda. They want to have their racist views, whether they are white or black... They're biases come out."