NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has been outspoken about politics since hitting the sports commentator scene. Sometimes he sides with the left. Sometimes he sides with the right. Either way, he sides with whichever side jibes with his logic and worldview. In the case of efforts to defund police, his worldview puts him on the right side of the debate. According to The Blaze:
NBA legend Charles Barkley says he is not a fan of the political movement pushing for the defunding of police departments, arguing Thursday that pulling officers off the streets would hurt lower income black communities the most while asking, “Who are black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters?”
“We have to really be careful,” Barkley said on TNT’s NBA “Tip-Off” show, “I hear these fools on tv talking about ‘defund the police’ and things like that. We need police reform, prison reform, and things like that. Because you know who ain’t going to defund the cops? White neighborhoods and rich neighborhoods.”
When he’s right, he’s right. In this case, there is no doubt that those who want to defund police either don’t understand how criminals work or are criminals themselves. Kudos to Charles Barkley on this issue.
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