Charles Barkley Calls Mother of Dead Police Brutality Victim “Ugly”
BY: NISHA THOMAS
Charles Barkley never seems to say the right thing.
The former NBA baller recently spent 48 hours in Baltimore just this past weekend and during his stay, he’d attempted to tell their local residents, activists and community leaders what he’d felt that they didn’t seem to understand about discrimination and proper policing.
Anyone who knows the history and what Baltimore has been through in the last several years can only imagine how that conversation went. Barkley, as well as the TNT production team, took to Baltimore to shoot segments for ‘The Race Card,’ which is a six-part series that is scheduled to air sometime next year.
(The TNT crew also filmed The University of Baltimore School of Law School’s symposium Saturday exploring the dynamics between police and communities of color, which Barkley did not attend, but maybe should have.)
However, to put it mildly, Barkley’s town meeting at East Baltimore’s Southern Baptist Church didn’t go as planned.
The low point of the evening appeared to be during an exchange between Barkley and Diane Butler, the mother of Tyrone West, who was killed by police three years ago:
“I’m sorry for your loss,” said Barkley, then he continued on by saying, “As far as you not liking me, it really doesn’t bother me. I’m used to it. I’m like the homecoming queen. All the ugly girls hate you. That’s part of my life. I never take anything personally.”
From that point on, the meeting had completely deteriorated and audience members showed their irritation to Barkley by insulting his lack of knowledge when it comes to Baltimore’s policing, as well as his arrogant attitude.
“What does your condolence mean to her?” said one audience member, gesturing toward Butler. “How simple and arrogant are you? There are so many black men that care about our community that for us to dwell on one man that just won’t get it is a waste of everybody’s time.”
The evening came to an end with several activists shouting at Barkley in anger. He was then “whisked off the stage by staff and security after wishing the audience a happy Thanksgiving.”
Barkley’s behavior was described to be a bit “cynical” and, needless to say, the people of Baltimore really don’t want him to come back.
So, what are your thoughts on Barkley’s attitude and the statements that were made?
Is he completely ignorant to what is taking place with other African Americans?