By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Black people support George Zimmerman? Trayvon Martin’s murder has left a lot of African-Americans fed up with the state of the country’s “Stand Your Ground” and Self Defense laws. Because of the heinous laws in Florida, George Zimmerman was not held accountable for shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Instead the questionable jurors found Zimmerman not guilty of Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter. While many in the black community are outraged by the verdict, it appears Charles Barkley isn’t and he seems to think justice was served. In a recent interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” he says he agrees with the verdict and believes Trayvon Martin beat the crap out of Zimmerman and it led to his shooting. The retired NBA star says:
“I agreed with the verdict. I feel sorry that young kid got killed. But they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night. Clearly something went wrong. I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it. But something happened that changed the dynamic of that night, and I know — that’s probably not a popular opinion among most people but just looking at the evidence I agreed with the verdict.”
He also claimed he feels the media is just using the situation to create division and black people can be racist too:
“I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a pure heart, as I call it. There are very few people (who) have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form — a lot of black people are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they say only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.
“And let me tell you, Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue — he was racial profiling. I think Trayvon Martin, God rest his soul, I think he did flip the switch and started beating the h*ll out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation. And like I said, the main thing I feel bad for, it gives every black and white person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance.
“That’s the thing that bothers me the most because I watched this trial closely and I watch all these people are television talking about it. A lot of people have a hidden agenda. You know, they want their racist views, whether they are white or black.”
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