Charles Barkley, whom is a former NBA star, had some very specific words for the recent obsession of removing Confederate statues in our nation. He basically told the black community to do something better with their time.
The interview was short, but it was the exact words that needed to be said and it couldn’t have come from a better public figure.
Rick Karle, the sports director at WBRC FOX6, conducted the interview and Barkley stated:
I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues; that’s wasted energy. You know what I’m gonna do? I’m going to keep doing great things; I’m going to keep trying to make a difference, number one, in the black community, because I’m black, but I’m also going to try to do good things in the world.
I’m not going to waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me, no matter what; and I’m not going to waste my time, trying to, worried about these statues that they’ve got all over the country.
Karle asked, “So do you leave them up, or do you — ”
I’ve always ignored them. … Rick, I’m 54 years old; I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life. I’ve never — I think if you ask most black people, to be honest, they ain’t thought a day in their life about those stupid statues. What we as black people need to do, we need to worry about getting our education; we need to stop killing each other; we need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity and things like that. Don’t waste — those things are important and significant. I’m wasting time and energy screaming at a neo-Nazi, or “Man, you gotta take this statue down.”
— Rick Karle (@RickKarle) August 17, 2017
In his response Barkley outlines 3 causes the black community can take action on; that will actually help further their community. Burning down these confederate statues won’t change the past or the hate people have for them.
Antifa needs to disappear and BLM needs to focus on positive causes and stop acting like domestic terrorists. Help people seek a higher education, get a job and STOP violence in the ghettos… THEN you will see real change.