Outspoken NBA legend Charles Barkley weighed in on the recent movement to take down Confederate statues saying it’s a “waste” of time worrying about “those stupid statues.”
In an interview with Rick Karle, sports director at WRBC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, the NBA Hall of Famer said that protesting the statues is “wasted energy.”
The 54-year-old Barkely said there was a never single day in his life that he thought about the Confederate statues and he also believes most black people have not thought a “day in their life about those stupid statues.”
“I’m not going to waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s going to hate me no matter what… I’ve always ignored them.” Barkley said.
The Alabama native said African-Americans need to focus on farther-reaching goals instead.
“I’m going to keep trying to make a difference, number one in the black community because I’m black.” said the 1992 Olympic gold medalist. “But I’m also going to try to do good things in the world.”
100% Fed Up reports:
This is awesome! Basketball great Charles Barkley spoke up on the Confederate Statues controversy and called out the people who are focusing on the statues and not their ability to help themselves, their community and country.