Charles Barkley In Trouble After Saying What Black People Really Think About Confederate Statues

In the wake of the Charlottesville events, two topics dominated the national conversation. For starters, President Donald Trump was completely ripped to shreds for his response. The second topic that came to the forefront was the renewal of the debate over Confederate monuments. It’s clear that some real conversations need to be had on that topic, but it’s becoming harder and harder to see how that’s going to happen.

That’s mainly due to the fact that not many are willing to have a reasonable conversation about things. As with most things of a political nature, those that yell the loudest are dominating the conversation. Last week, there was a whole lot of yelling and finger pointing. That does absolutely nothing to advance the conversation. Reasonable takes on things were few and far between, but perhaps we’ll see more of that in the coming days.

As Fox News Insider shares, one reasonable and well-formed argument has been able to creep in and stand out in spite of all the noise. Former NBA basketball player Charles Barkley recently chatted with WRBC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama about the monument controversy, and he offered up some interesting food for thought.

“I'm not gonna waste my time thinking about these confederate statues. That's wasted energy. You know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna keep doing great things. I'm gonna keep trying to make a difference number one in the black community, because I'm black, but I'm also gonna try to do good things in the world,” he said. “I'm not gonna waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who's gonna hate me no matter what, and I'm not gonna waste my time...worrying about these statues they got all over the country.”

Barkley’s take may not be for everyone, but he’s right on the money. While reasonable folks can certainly see how the monuments can be viewed as offensive, far too much time and effort is being expended discussing them right about now - and not in productive fashion. Those that wish to see them removed have legal avenues that they can pursue. While that may be time consuming, it will make the removal of the statues all the more satisfying once they’ve achieved their goals. In the meantime, there’s other facets of life that require more immediate attention.

“I've always ignored them. Rick, 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 haven't thought a day in their life about those stupid statues,” Barkley continued. “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. Those things are important and significant.”

That’s some interesting food for thought, and it’ll be interesting to see the reaction to the NBA Hall-of-famers advice.

Source: Fox News Insider, Townhall
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