Charles Barkley On New ‘Race Card’ Show: ‘Police Aren’t Always Bad Guys’

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Charles Barkley’s promo trailer just dropped for his new “Race Card” show. In it, the NBA Hall of Famer says, “the police aren’t always bad guys.”

“The show is about race,” Barkley said. “Race has been the biggest problem of my adult life, and I want to provide a conversation. … People never talk about race until something bad happens. And then all they do is yell and scream.” (RELATED: Charles Barkley: ‘Politics Is Rich People Screwing Poor People’)

The show is scheduled to debut on TNT in 2017. (VIDEO: Charles Barkley Defends Donald Trump’s ‘Locker Room’ Comments)

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“The thing that I want to do is try to make it better, especially with the cops,” he added. “Because the police aren’t always bad guys.”

“Hollywood does an awful job,” he continued. “If you’re a Muslim, you know you’re going to be portrayed negatively. If you’re a Hispanic the only time you are ever mentioned is with illegal immigration.”

“I just want to give people a seat at the table and give a honest opinion,” Barkley said. “But nobody’s an expert. Nobody’s an expert.”

“This is not about black and white,” he added. “It’s about Hispanics, it’s about Muslims, it’s about Jewish people. It’s about everybody. We’re all in this thing together.”

Barkley spoke out after police-involved shootings over the summer and said “we as black people, we’ve got to do better.”

“The cops have made some mistakes, but that doesn’t give us the right to riot and shoot cops,” Barkley said. “We need the cops, especially in the black community. We, as black people, we’ve got to do better.”

“We never get mad when black people kill each other, which that has always bothered me,” he added. “I’ve always said if we as black people want more respect, we have to give each other respect.”

“You can’t demand respect from white people and the cops if you don’t respect each other,” he continued. “We’ve got to do better as black people.”

“The cops have made some mistakes, but there’s a lot of blame to go around,” he said. “But I’m not going to get on TV and yell like all these other idiots.”

Katie Jerkovich

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