Charles Barkley Blames Politicians for Stoking Racial Division to ‘Keep Their Grasp of Money and Power’

Written by Kyle Becker

During the Final Four coverage on Saturday night, Charles Barkley slammed America’s politicians for stoking racial division for political gain. It is important to note that this take is exceptionally rare to hear on corporate television and diverges from the rabid left-wing political messaging that has now become ubiquitous in sports broadcasting.

“Man, I think most white people and black people are great people,” Barkley said. “I really believe that in my heart, 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 of money and power. They divide and conquer.”

“I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid for following our politicians, whether they’re 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 all got money, 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. I truly believe that in my heart.”

Charles Barkley has a history of having some of the most level-headed takes on race relations in America. He has even hosted a six-part series on race relations called “Race in America.” And while most of his sports broadcaster colleagues our unleashing ill-informed, partisan talking points that tow the party line, Barkley has been known to speak his own mind.

In September 2020, for example, Barkley riled up left-wing CNN for questioning the narrative on the Breonna Taylor shooting. Barkley hilariously dismantled the race hoaxer Jussie Smollett for staging an event with “two black guys beating a black guy up,”  and added, “If you’re going to break the law, don’t write a check.” He also angered local Baltimore residents by not feeding into the media narrative about the death of Freddie Gray.

“America discriminates against poor people, whether you’re white, black, Hispanic, whatever,” Barkley said. “Poor people are dealt a crappy hand.”

We have gotten to the point in America where people need to hear common sense. It is not clear, however, exactly how Republicans feed instead racial division, except by being accused of ‘racism’ by Democrats for political gain. But Charles Barkley is spot on for the overall point. If Americans really think about the issue, they can figure out on their own who is stoking racial division in the country.

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