Charles Barkley on Carolina Bathroom Bill: ‘White Folks Are Feeling What Black Folks Have Always Felt. Discrimination’
On Thursday, Charles Barkley echoed Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s stance against North Carolina’s HB2 “bathroom bill”, while working CBS’s NCAA tournament coverage.
Barkley took a moment between games, as he always does, to share his thoughts on the law that discriminates against LGBT people by telling them they must use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate.
“No. 1, I really admire and respect Coach Krzyzewski because he doesn’t have to do anything. He’s already a living legend. He’s got more money than he’s ever gonna spend, but I really appreciate him standing up for my gay friends,” Barkley said, “Now, my point, as a black man, I am against any form of discrimination whether you’re gay, Muslim, Hispanic, Jewish, whatever, and, if people in position of power don’t support these people, they’re gonna be left in a lurch by themselves.
“All these other groups are getting to feel what black people feel like now. With the Muslim ban, they’re deporting these immigrants, white folks are actually getting an opportunity to feel what black people have always felt. Discrimination is wrong in any shape whatsoever.”
Here’s some of what Coach K said:
“They have the right to host it whether our state is smart enough to have it,” Krzyzewski said. “It shouldn’t be a contest of one against another. It would be nice if our state got as smart and also would host not just basketball tournaments but concerts and other NCAA events. But maybe we’ll get there in the next century, I don’t know. We’ll see.
“Look, it’s a stupid thing. That’s my political statement. If I was president or governor I’d get rid of it. And I’d back up my promises. As unusual as that might be. Anyway, I don’t want to get too political.”