UPDATE: Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his concert scheduled for Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, in protest of the passage of HB2 which discriminates against the LBGT community by only permitting restroom usage that matches the gender on a person’s birth certificate. Springsteen says that “no other group…face such a burden” and that he is sorry if he disappoints his fans but that standing up against “bigotry is more important.”
In a stunning statement, Charles Barkley is calling for the NBA to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The former NBA legend and now television sports analyst is citing the state’s passage of HB 2, a law discriminates against many in the LBGT community by restricting protection only to those whose gender shows on their birth certificates
.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.
Quote Source: Dave Zirin, The Nation
Barkley, who is not a stranger to controversial comments, or being outspoken on issues, has a point here. If we do not stand up for each other when it comes to intrusive government, state or Federal, when it sticks its nose into areas it has no business in, then we will all find ourselves, sooner or later, discriminated against and under totalitarian control.