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Charles Barkley totally wrong for calling Confederate removals ‘wasted energy’

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Charles Barkley has always spoke his mind when it comes to sports, politics, and race. But while Barkley’s take on sports is often interesting and hilarious, he usually misses the point when it comes to race.

During an interview with WRBC-TV, Barkley shared his thoughts on the removal of Confederate statues.

“I’m not going to waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what,” Barkley said. “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.”

In his 54 years, Barkley may not have taken the time to think about Confederate statues and symbols, but he shouldn’t think that “most” Black people aren’t bothered by them. And if Blacks aren’t bothered by Confederate statues and symbols, it’s a real problem.

Imagine if Jewish men, women, and children were forced to look at large statues of Adolph Hitler, Hermann Goering, or General Alfried Jodl as they travel to work, home, and school. Hitler, Goering, and Jodl were all terrorists of Jewish people. But all symbols and statues of anything Nazi-related was destroyed and banned in Germany following World War II. It’s now illegal to wear or uphold a swastika in Germany.

But Blacks in America are still forced to see the symbols and statues of a hate-driven past. For example, when looking at the history of Nathan Bedford Forrest, how could true Americans allow such a brutal man to be honored with statues and parks? Forrest was a slave owner and first Grand Wizard of the KKK. Forrest and other members of the KKK, mostly former Confederate soldiers, initally attempted to persuade Blacks to return to slavery following the Emancipation Proclimation. When that didn’t work, the KKK began to use violence to intimidate, brutalize and kill Blacks. The KKK would eventually be known as the largest terrorists of Blacks in the nation.

However, Forrest has several statues in his honor and a park named after him in Tennessee.

For Barkley, this doesn’t mean much, but it’s un-American to uphold the legacy of men who were terrorists and did their best to destroy America. Barkley should ask himself why racists are fighting so hard to perseve these symbols. Because the racist men and women who showed up in Charlottesville did not think protesting the removal was a “waste of time.” In fact, they were willing to yell racial slurs, react with violence, and kill all in the name of a Confederate statue and what it represents.

Knocking down Confederate statues and banning symbols will not change the fact that America is still a disgustingly racist country on many levels. But our kids should no longer be forced to see hateful men be honored in a place that is described as the “land of the free.”

 

 

 

 

 



11 Comments

  1. Mason Youngblood on August 19, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Problem is…we do too much yappin’ to EACH OTHER on social media when we should be yappin to these lawmakers. We will march in the streets and fight with opposing sides but we won’t march to Capitol Hill and fight the people that we elected so they can change some laws around here. That is why sh*t is still the same and going to remain if we keep doing sh*t the same way everytime.

    • britishrose on August 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      itss as hard to fight these white dominators as it is for us to see trump election was fraud , we just ignored him, and now what? social media is a good platform cause it connect us to our perpetrators , whites have always felt better than us . and that hat has triggered into their new generation . some white kids are ok with fighting with us . expecially college kids , but you got some whites youngsters between 20 and 30 who can vote and voted for trump cause his daugther is pretty or wife is sexy . now they realize like a bad apple he killing them all
      now they looking real crazy ,while the white supremace is loveing him , , that is why trump want denounce their behavior those or his supports the people he know will vote him in again . cause we sure aint . and if he side against them the fear is he will not get his 2nd term which he want either way . this is politics its ran by racist . our laws cater to racist so no dam wonder we cant come to a peacful agreement

  2. britishrose on August 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    to take them statue down , bought outrage among them , which should have enlighten blacks on why they want them there , all that hate you see george zimmerman supporters obama haters , martin luther king would have better explain to our dum aszzes why we should have taken them down 100 years ago. the new age of racist want any thing hate driven reinvented and preserved ,, we have to stand up as americas and say .. your not gonna force us to relive the pass . those statues primary reason to be dismantled is they are an ugly pass we said we wanted to forget ,, whites are afraid ofthis pass and yet embody it too . they want to keep the mindset ofthe slave owners and torchors of slave alive but why??>?? are you not human? DONT THEY know america pride is not for sale!! these are white who didnt even live in that arra and just read a bunch of sh..t and ran with it ., slaves were bought by average whites whom were not racist at first they were desperate to keep their land , but after bringing the slaves over and lincoln freed them ..white men were scared of mix breeding.. so many black men were lynched out of pure fear . fear we could take over america we are no longer at their mercy . begging for food and water .. and to breed of free will ….. white men were rapping black girls and getting a baby and killing the kid .. horrible

  3. britishrose on August 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    so america dont owe nobody nothing .. rather your mexican black or white america owes you we paid for them statues on our hands and kneew

  4. britishrose on August 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    when whites protest its the end of the world to them

  5. ROCCRYNOUT on August 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Charles Barkley and other ultra rich Blacks who don’t speak out because they feel that they are insulated from discrimination and social injustices the Black Republicans who supported Triumph! Like Lil Wayne said F… BLM he can’t relate to social injustices because he is filthy rich. What a ignorant statement. Maybe he need to talk to LeBron James who is richer than his peace size brain can imagine. Yet ourcommunity still support clowns and Uncle Tom’s like this! Why support anyone in a privilege position when they are unable to support the everyday people who are on the battlefield fighting for rights that will benefit from also! Shameful indeed. I also agree with strongly agree with Mason Youngblood comments below.

  6. britishrose on August 22, 2017 at 12:37 am

    is it me or does barkley look like a bad as kid with an eye infection for life????? he is so ugly to me
    however he need to shut up sometimes , who ever find him commical is illeterate and cant read truth .. charles barkley just want attention he has a good game plan to shock folk with his stupid attics here and there , we always wanna hear what ball players gotta say with the accepton of charles barkley, and dennis rodman kobe bryant, deon sanders mike tyson micheal irving , dwayne wade and rice all are real stupid men .

  7. John D. Fiat on August 26, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Hmmm. But do you see how they live in Africa? That’s how blacks would be living right now without the ingenuity and inventiveness of the Anglos. Plus, many African nations still practice slavery to this very day. So, let’s see your choices. A few Confederate statues but having electricity, running water, heaters, iPads, cars, planes, computers, fancy houses, sports, and everything else under the sun. Or, no statues and living like cave men. Really?

    • Liar-In-Chief ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ on August 26, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Remember…you are descended from Africans. You are dissing your heritage.

      • John D. Fiat on August 28, 2017 at 8:39 am

        Actually, new and recent scientific discoveries has put the whole “human life all originates from Africa” into question. Besides, Egyptians are more Arab/Jewish than black. Furthermore, even if human life really did start with black Africans, that would mean that they’ve had more time to accomplish things than has any other race, yet are still way behind! (every other race)

        • Liar-In-Chief ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ on August 29, 2017 at 7:59 am

          Really? Infowars is now considered a science website on the right?

          The right is still struggling to understand the microwave.