While most people are caught up arguing about whether Confederate statues need to be taken down or not, others are debating if taking these statues down will actually fix any of the wrongs in society. Basketball legend Charles Barkley has a surprising take on the whole monument conflict and what he plans to do to make the country better.
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“I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues — that’s wasted energy,” he said in a filmed interview. “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 going to try to do good things in the world.”
Instead of “waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what, and I’m not gonna waste my time worried about these statues that they’ve got all over the country,” he added.
“Rick, I’m 54 years old. I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life. I think if you asked most black people to be honest, they ain’t thought a day in their life about those stupid statues,” he said.
“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.”
Barkley’s unique take on a matter has consumed social media for the better part of the week and has many agreeing with him.
Some claim that ignoring the statues is nearly impossible, but according to an NPR census taken on Americans’ opinions of these monuments, 62 percent of Americans think these statues should remain, while 27 percent think they should be removed.
It seemed no one really cared about these statues until politicians decided to make an issue out of them. What do you think about Barkley’s response? Watch the full interview below.