In Case You Missed It: Charles Barkley on Monuments

Categories // LA Focus, Top Stories Thursday, 24 August 2017

In Case You Missed It: Charles Barkley on Monuments

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville and the anti-white separatists protests across the nation, cities around the country are considering the removal of confederate statues. But for many, like retired pro basketball player turned sports commentator Charles Barkley, the monuments are hardly the problem.

     "That's wasted energy," the NBA legend said.
     "I'm not going to waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who is going to hate me no matter what. And I'm not going to waste my time worrying about these statues," Barkley said.
     "I've always ignored them," Barkley said of the Confederate statues. "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."
"What we as black people need to do is we need to worry about our education. We need to stop killing each other. We need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity in things like that.”

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