Charles Barkley takes a stand against the unjust “religious freedom” law in North Carolina.
Speaking with CNN, former NBA star Charles Barkley argued that the NBA should reject discrimination, and move the high-profile All-Star game out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from there next year. As a black person, I’m against any form of discrimination — against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it. It’s my job, with the position of power that I’m in and being able to be on television, I’m supposed to stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves. So, I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from Charlotte.
In North Carolina the Republican-dominated legislature and Governor Pat McCrory have come under fire from major corporations, the White House, and reasonable people everywhere for the their new “religious freedom” law, a law which prohibits local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, effectively promoting discrimination and bigotry against the LGBT population.
Late last month, calling the new law “unconstitutional,” “shameful,” and “a national embarrassment,” North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he would not defend the new “religious freedom” law in court.
Think Progress reports North Carolina has received a lot of backlash from businesses since enacting the law in a special legislative session two weeks ago. PayPal canceled its plans for a massive global operations center that would have brought 400 new jobs to Charlotte.
The NBA has said that it is “deeply concerned” about the anti-LGBT law, which “runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect,” but said it doesn’t yet know what impact it will have on the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte:
The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.
Bottom line: North Carolina should be punished for promoting bigotry and discrimination; and Barkley is right to take a stand against the unjust “religious freedom” law in North Carolina. Let’s hope the NBA follows Barkley’s advice.
Watch the full interview below –