Charles Barkley: Most Black People Haven’t Thought a Day in Their Lives About Confederate Statues


It’s a surprising move by African American basketball superstar Charles Barkley, who says calling for the removal of Confederate statues is just “wasted energy” saying:

“I’m not going to waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what. 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.”

The NBA Hall of Famer told WRBC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, he has not minced words when pointing out what he sees as his black community’s problems, such as last year when he spoke about violence against cops saying:

“The cops have made some mistakes. Black people have made some mistakes. 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.”

It’s familiar words that were once spoken by the now defamed Bill Cosby, the sports legend says the black community must worry about education, economic opportunity, and “stop killing each other” adding:

“You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna keep doing great things. 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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