As the uprisings take on a different tone around the country with the verdict from the Breonna Taylor case, celebrities are continuing to speak their minds and are finding themselves at the end of social media’s lashings as a result. Charles Barkely is the latest and it’s his comments on the “#Defund” movement that have him in hot water now.
While Barkley is drawing ire for comments given on the air, others have been arrested for supporting their views as the Taylor case continues to evolve and settle.
Porsha Williams of reality franchise Real Housewives of Atlanta has been spending her time doing more than shading her co-stars. She’s taken to the streets over the past few months, marching and participating in the uprisings attempting to get justice for Breonna Taylor. While her co-stars are concerned with other matters, she’s trying to affect change in her own way.
Williams, along with other notable reality stars and personalities, have taken up activism as part of their contribution to the hundreds of people voicing their concerns about the current state of affairs. Williams has partnered with Love and Hip-Hop’s Yandy Smith-Harris, Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory and rapper-turned-activist Mysonne in the past to raise the profile of issues surrounding inmate’s rights
At one point, while protesting, Yandy Smith-Harris was reported to have been pepper sprayed and the moment was captured all over social media. Williams herself has been arrested previously, as both were caught up in a sweep when they were protesting Taylor’s death in front of the Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s home in Louisville.
It’s happened twice, as justice still hadn’t been achieved in the case. While marching with organization Until Freedom, Williams, Smith-Harris, group co-founder Linda Sarsour and Mysonne are facing misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway. They were a part of a group of over 60 protestors that were arrested while marching through the city of Louisville.
Until Freedom and its supporters were calling for action to be taken in the Breonna Taylor case, which now has resulted in the only one of the officers being indicted for “wanton endangerment,” a charge many feel doesn’t come close to providing justice to the family of Taylor.
NBA legend and sports commentator with NBA on TNT Barkley voiced his opinions as the fallout from the charges continue to sweep across the country, providing fresh fuel to a simmering fire that had yet to fully be distinguished from the uprisings earlier this year.
“We have to really be careful. I hear these fools on TV talking about ‘defund the police’ and things like that. We need police reform, prison reform, and things like that. Because you know who ain’t going to defund the cops? White neighborhoods and rich neighborhoods.”
God bless Barkley. He also is the only NBA commentator willing to point out that Brianna Taylor’s boyfriend fired first and hit a cop before they returned fire at him. The lack of basic factual understanding in this case is staggering. pic.twitter.com/2DFIs1XjNn— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 25, 2020
”So, that notion, they keep saying that,” Barkley added. “I’m like, wait a minute, who are black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters?”
Speaking on Taylor’s case directly, Barkley thinks this case is different from the ones that were the focus of earlier uprisings this year.
“I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that,’ Barkley said. “I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of across the board. But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop.”
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