We know that the left has gotten both hysterical and tyrannical in their thought policing of conservative thought, but in 2020, they can’t even take well-reasoned, nuanced takes on issues they claim are indicative of systemic racism.
Anything even slightly right of “burn down the system” is apparently all right-wing thought criminality.
Even when it comes from NBA legends. Apparently ballplayers are only sage fonts of wisdom when they’re spewing Marxist propaganda.
This week, Charles Barkley gave his take on the grand jury decision that the police involved in Breonna Taylor’s death were not guilty of murder.
Barley, clearly being a sound-minded and sensible individual, gave what many would have described as a quite common sense reaction to the case, which was far more complicated than the mainstream media and Black Lives Matter agitators would have you believe with their urban legend.
“I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that. I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think this one was — the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of … across the board,” he said during the TNT pregame show for the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets game four of the Western Conference Finals, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
“But I am worried to lump all these situations in together. And I just feel bad that the young lady lost her life. But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop,” he continued.
“So like I say, even though I am really sorry she lost her life, I just don’t think we can put this in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery,” he concluded.
Imagine that! One can recognize that it’s a shame a life was loss without jumping all the way to “institutional racism” and “systemic white supremacy.”
Shaquille O’Neal, who Town Hall notes became a part-time police officer in 2015, agreed.
This is likely what subsequently sent leftist Twitter into hysterics.
“I have to agree with Charles, this one is sort of lumped in,” O’Neal said. “You have to get a warrant signed and some states do allow no-knock warrants. And everyone was asking for murder charges. When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. A homicide occurred and we’re sorry a homicide occurred. When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back.”
Naturally, it was probably Candace Owen’s kudos to the two basketball legends that sent progressives over the edge (language warning):
It is rare for respected athletes to have the spine to buck the DISHONEST media narrative but the facts are the facts.
Try it Lebron!https://t.co/lzPjuQcHyI
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) September 25, 2020
Why NOT? It STILL Wreaks of Police that Practice Racial Profiling! Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal: Don't 'lump' killing of Breonna Taylor with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arberyhttps://t.co/5d8kLkuZxj
— Katherine Lunbery (@KatherineLunbe2) September 25, 2020
All these men did was address the very realistic nuances of the Taylor case. It’s amazing that it actually takes bravery to do this, but it’s heartening to see they were willing to go there and brave the criticism. The left only has as much power to control the narrative as we give them, and as soon as more people begin speaking the truth no matter how controversial irrational people may find it, we can actually get back to the way rhetoric ought to be in this nation.