On Thursday, NBA legend Charles Barkley offered his take on whether or not he believes Confederate statues should remain. During an interview with Rick Karle of WRBC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, Barkley argued that rallying to remove Confederate statues is “wasted energy.”
“I’m not gonna waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues,” Barkley asserted.
“You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna keep doing great things,” Barkley said. “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.”
Barkley contended that “screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what” is a waste of time, like “worrying about these statues that they’ve got all over the country.”
“So do you leave them up and ignore them?” Karle then asked.
Barkley exclaimed, “I’ve always ignored them!” He then expanded on his personal views.
“I’m 54 years old,” Barkley continued. “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.”
Barkley has previously been outspoken about issues within the African-American community, specifically in regard to black-on-black violence. Barkley argued that African-Americans have other issues to address that are more important than taking down Confederate statues.
“What we as black people need to do … we need to worry about getting our education,” he insisted. “We need to stop killing each other. We need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity. Those things are important and significant.”
First reported by The Blaze.