Charles Barkley became famous as the powerful Power Forward for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenix Suns, and the Houston Rockets but he’s kept his fame over the years through insightful basketball commentary and his occasional thoughtful interviews on pop culture and politics.
While Barkley is divisive when it comes to basketball, he still hates the New York Knicks, he’s tried to be more unifying when it comes to real world issues.
He’s never been mistaken for a conservative, but he’s often willing to speak out against his own Party (the Democrats) when he sees them going astray.
In a recent, short interview with Rick Karle, Barkley explains why he thinks the recent furor over Confederate statues and a few neo-Nazis is counterproductive.
Barkley doesn’t defend the statues, or the racism, but he recognizes that neither is important enough to spend the kind of time that our nation is currently spending on them. The monuments and memorials belong to the past and arguing about tearing them down only causes divisions that need not exist. The white nationalist, white supremacists, and alt-right only make up a tiny percentage of our population and we only empower them by pretending that they wield more influence than they do.
Let’s stop talking about all of these things and focus on “REAL” issues.
Charles Barkley as the voice of reason…
— Rick Karle (@RickKarle) August 17, 2017
Every word of this is the God's honest truth https://t.co/4G0uMUhr6s
— ConservativeBlackMan (@Thomasismyuncle) August 18, 2017
Holy crap. Charles Barkley being the voice of reason. https://t.co/251lsAfwuK
— David Edward (@_David_Edward) August 18, 2017
Charles makes more sense then half of the political office
— Rodney Norris (@RodneyNorris3) August 17, 2017
And all of the protesters on either side
— keith parker (@ParkerK5p2000) August 18, 2017
Sometimes Sir Charles still gets a slam dunk. Spend time improving lives, not fighting with people. https://t.co/kTPegw521t
— Suzanne Stout Parcel (@StoutParcel) August 18, 2017
Charles Barkley speaking power to truth I agree.
— Ben Bruex (@Buffy619) August 18, 2017
This man has given the best answer to all this insanity. God bless you Charles.
— Richard Barnett (@rabarnett65) August 18, 2017
This is spot on. Don’t waste your time on statues or fringe element in society.
— Scott Craig (@Scraigy) August 18, 2017
1.4 MM gang members in U.S., 2K gang related deaths/yr, more economic disparity now than 25 years ago…Chuck is right. Prioritize and focus
— Small Talk (@chitchatsacomin) August 18, 2017
— Anna Rose (@ASouthernRose) August 18, 2017
@gmc_atl they gonna call chuck all sorts of names but this is the obvious lol
— Jorge Sanders (@cookiemonsta05) August 18, 2017