Barkley on HB2 (and Springsteen)

This is nice to see: Charles Barkley has condemned HB2, the new North Carolina law that precludes localities throughout the state from passing ordinances that would protect LGBTQ rights. It’s a broad invitation to discriminate, one that there is a strong likelihood federal courts will overturn. But as of now, it’s the law of the land in North Carolina. As I noted two weeks ago, the NBA has made noises to the effect that it would move its 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte if the law stood. The NBA has not yet set a firm deadline for action. In the meantime, though, one of its highest profile former players and media fixtures, Charles Barkley, has made his feelings known:

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.

One major company, Pay Pal, has announced that it is rescinding plans to expand operations to Charlotte, a decision that will cost the state 400 jobs. That announcement has received a decent amount of coverage, but it would obviously carry much more weight in terms of media attention were the NBA to pull its all-star game.


Bruce was scheduled to play in Greensboro this coming Sunday night. I have tickets and was very excited to go.


“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them,” Springsteen said in the message posted on his website. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”


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