“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?…It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.” — Dr. Martin Luther King
Now when it comes to rioting, who would have a better, more nuanced and holistic understanding of the phenomenon, Sir Charles or Dr. King? Who would be a better person to glean your information from? Yes, Barkley is a very famous person who intends to shed some light on a very important subject, but the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. If we want America to wake up to this horrific reality, shouldn’t someone with an extensive knowledge about said reality be at the helm? This is less about “differing opinions” and more about “knowing the facts”.
There are certainly millions upon millions of Americans who have a frighteningly low understanding of how race operates in their own country, and Charles is unfortunately one of them. You can’t have the blind leading the blind.