In light of recent events in Charlottesville, and across the south, Charles Barkley has a few things to say.
The NBA Hall of Fame basketball star is weighing in on the ridiculous outrage over statues and says their removal is “wasted energy.”
Barkely said, “I’m not going to waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what.”
He continued, “I’m 54 years old. I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life. I think if you ask most black people, to be honest, they ain’t thought a day in their life about those stupid statues.”
I think he is absolutely right. I live in Georgia and many of the people I know have not given the statues a second thought. They are our history and a representation of the events that took place. Nothing more.
The media is making this worse than it should be.
Barkley said, “The cops have made some mistakes. Black people have made some mistakes,” he added, “That don’t give us the right to riot and shoot cops. We need the cops, especially in the black community. We as black people, we’ve got to do better.”
The sports legend said the black community must worry about education, economic opportunity, and “stop killing each other.”
“You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna keep doing great things,” Barkley concluded. “I’m gonna keep trying to make a difference — No. 1, in the black community, ’cause I’m black — but I’m also gonna try to do good things in the world.”
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