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Not everyone who supports #BlackLivesMatter or equality for all supports the "defund the police" movement that has grown out of it.
For most Americans, the idea of defunding the police is still a radical idea.
Icon Charles Barkley has spoken out and dismissed the idea entirely.
Appearing on CNN, Barkley said, "We need the cops, most of the cops do a fantastic job, but instead of defunding and all this other stuff, let’s just do police reform. Everybody should be on board for that whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal."
His message is no different than President Trump's message of law and order.
President Trump is expected to unveil proposals that would help eliminate the rare instances of police brutality.
More details on Charles Barkley's comments below:
The media has appeared to give radicals most of the airtime.
However, the majority of Americans are law-abiding citizens who support law enforcement.
Slowly but surely, most of the silent majority are beginning to speak out.
As leaders and public figures such as Charles Barkley fight back, so will every day Americans.
Fox News has more details on Barkley's comments:
NBA legend and TNT analyst Charles Barkley urged lawmakers to enact police reform but rebuffed calls to defund police that have emerged as a rallying cry from thousands of protesters, politicians, and community leaders across the country.
Calls to “defund police,” along with criticism of police unions, have arisen in the wake of George Floyd's tragic death in police custody. The outspoken Barkley feels America needs police reform, but stopped short of more extreme alternatives.
“We need the cops, most of the cops do a fantastic job, but instead of defunding and all this other stuff, let’s just do police reform. Everybody should be on board for that whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal,” Barkley said Tuesday on CNN.
“This is not black or white, this is just about humanity,” Barkley said. “To see a grown man die before our eyes. If you’re not upset by that if you’re white, Jewish, Chinese, anything, there is something wrong with you.”
He mocked both Republicans and Democrats as “clowns” for failing to have impactful conversations about police reform, noting he isn’t hopeful that anything gets accomplished.
“The Democrats and the Republicans can’t even talk about police reform,” he said. “That’s the number one thing they should do before they do anything else.”
Some defunding advocates say taxpayer dollars could be better used in community projects that address social inequalities and better the lives of residents and minority groups. They question whether a potent police presence makes the lives of locals any safer, and call for funds to be diverted to bolstering schools, hospitals and violence/homelessness prevention programs.
There is nothing radical in what Barkley said.
However, what IS radical are the calls to defund and disband police departments across the nation.
In Seattle, "protesters" have taken over city hall and have declared it a police-free zone.
The reality is that most of the violent riots and lootings have taken place in far-left cities where leadership ordered law enforcement to stand down.
As rioters and looters threaten American cities, we need law enforcement more than ever.
Charles Barkley agrees.
Essentially Sports confirms Barkley's comments:
Charles Barkley wasn’t with the defunding of police idea that a few have brought up during recent protests. There has been criticism of police units in the last few days during the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
During an appearance on CNN Barkley praised the police for their job and believed defunding them wasn’t the way forward. Instead, he said, policymakers should look at a few reforms.
“We need the cops, most of the cops do a fantastic job, but instead of defunding and all this other stuff, let’s just do police reform. Everybody should be on board for that whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal,” Barkley said on Tuesday.
Barkley has previously talked about Floyd’s death saying it was tough for him to watch. While condemning racial injustice in society, Barkley believed the victims of racial discrimination speaking up would help in addressing the issue.
“I think the cops and the public got to get together, especially the black community, and say ‘How can we help somebody?’” he said a few weeks back.
Charles Barkley is one of the best players to have played in the NBA. He played for 16 years between 1984 and 2000. The league MVP in 1993, Barkley had 11 All-NBA selections and 11 All-Star appearances. He started his career with Philadelphia 76ers and is also remembered for his exploits at Phoenix Suns. He spent the latter part of his career at Houston Rockets.
Hopefully more public figures and leaders with common sense continue to speak out.
The radicalism that is gripping the far left cannot be allowed to spread.
Fortunately, the counterbalance to these radical leftist calls is finally beginning to arise.