Former NBA star Charles Barkley claims politicians intentionally “divide” the American people to maintain their positions of “power.”
During the “Final Four Show” Barkley, an analyst for “Inside the NBA,” injected political commentary into the sports broadcast.
“Man, I think most white people and black people are great people. I really believe that in my heart,” he remarked. “But I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other, so they can keep their grasp [on] money and power.”
Barkley went on to explain he believes politicians are fueling racial and class divisions for their own gain. “They divide and conquer. I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people,” he lamented. “But we are so stupid following our politicians, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other.”
“We don’t live in their neighborhoods. [We’ve] all got money,” he said of politicians. “Let’s make the whites and blacks not like each other; let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other; let’s scramble the middle class.’”
Charles Barkley said that politicians are driving racial divisions for political gain.
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Barkley’s recent commentary isn’t the first time he has voiced his opinion on politics. In September of 2019, he told radio host Michael Smerconish, “We need to start holding you Democrats accountable because they’ve been taking black people’s votes, and they only talk to black people every four years.”
“All of these politicians only talk to black people every four years because they want their vote,” he continued. “Oh, actually, the Republicans don’t, the Democrats do. But when they get elected, they do nothing in the four years in-between.”
Earlier that summer, he accused both parties of neglecting black voters. “I think all politicians take black folks for granted. They talk to black folks every four years and that’s about it … and then do nothing about it,” Barkley said. “Both parties suck in that aspect.”
“It’s an economic thing … and that’s what both parties have been neglecting, especially the Democratic Party,” he continued. “Every black person I know has always voted Democratic and, with the exception of a few guys who can play sports, all those people are still poor.”