Charles Shoots, Charles Scores 

There’s no way to account for the current hysteria over Confederate statuary other than it’s a ginned up campaign by the political and cultural left to keep black voters on the Democrat plantation. And to advance the false narrative that America is an incurably racist and all-around terrible place. A place that ought to be taken down in order to, well, in order to what isn’t at all clear, is it? The final chapter in the book of anarchy hasn’t been written yet, and likely never will be. No matter, because if we ever achieve anarchy no one will be reading anyway.

The Democrat Party in America cannot succeed, even survive, if it does not continue to receive its usual 95+ percent of black votes. If the black vote ever becomes competitive, Democrats go the way of the Whigs. So they have to divide black citizens from white, have to convince black Americans that whites who aren’t Democrats are still holding them down. Still discriminating against them in every way they can get away with. This is a big, fat lie, and most of those spreading it know it.

The inconvenient truth for Democrats, and all other race hustlers, is that black Americans have as clear a shot at the good life here as anyone else. They don’t need Democrats to save them from Bull Connor and Lester Maddox, who I hope everyone has noticed are deader than a bag of hammers. They sure don’t need anyone’s help saving them from David Duke, who would be enjoying the neglect and obscurity he deserves if the Democrats didn’t keep dragging him back onto the public stage and attempting to portray him as the face of conservative, white America.

What makes the statuary scam more nonsensical that most of the left’s manufactured alarums is its total irrelevance to the lives of anyone of any skin color. Statues of long-dead Confederate soldiers have been gathering pigeons, dust, and mildew, mostly in front of courthouses in Dixie, for more than a century. They no more hold black citizens back than statues of Martin Luther King, Jr. hold white citizens back. Hardly anyone paid them the slightest attention until the disturbers of the peace started their dishonest campaign to paint them as a threat of the return of Jim Crow, who was run out of town decades ago and no one save a few cranks want back.

(We saw a few of these cranks in Charlottesville a couple of weekends back. They’re vile, dangerous, and are to be jugged when they become violent. But those who think the helmeted, stick-wielding bunch that engaged them were just seminarians on their way to choir practice when they learned of a bunch of misguided racists who should be reasoned with, need to be brought together in a room where they can be given orange juice and graham crackers while they write their letters to Santa Claus.)

That Confederate statuary is a phony issue is so transparent that even former NBA star and now sports analyst Charles Barkley sees it clearly, and treats it with the contempt it deserves.

Here’s how our Prince Charles put it to a local sportscaster: “I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues. That’s wasted energy. You know what I’m going to do? I’m gonna keep doing great things. I’m going to keep trying to make a difference, number one in the black community — because I’m black — but also gonna try to do good things in the world. I’m not gonna waste my time on a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what.

“I’ve always ignored them. I’m 54 years old. I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life. I think if you ask most black people to be honest, they ain’t thought a day in their life about those stupid statues.”

Then he gets to the nub of it.

“What we as black people need to do: We need to worry about getting our education. We need to stop killing each other. We need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity and things like that. Those things are important and significant.”

Thank you, Charles. You deserve a standing-O for this as much as for anything you ever did on a basketball court. This former jock’s view of what amounts to a hoax is clearer, more reasoned, more courageous, and more honest than we’re getting from our supposed leaders — politicians, academics, the chatterati, corporate pooh-bahs, and sports executives — most of whom have risen to the bait and are baying after long dead and silent Confederate soldiers as though they were Doctor Frankenstein’s monster. Their conduct in this hustle manages to be shameful, cowardly, and silly at the same time.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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