On Saturday, during the “Final Four Show”, former NBA star and “Inside the NBA” analyst Charles Barkley said that politicians intentionally fuel racial division in order to “keep their grasp on money and power,” and that the system is designed to cultivate hatred and to “scramble the middle class.”
During CBS’s coverage of Saturday’s March Madness games, Barkey said, “Man, I think most white people and black people are great people.” He added, “I really believe that in my heart.”
Amen to that! How weird is it in 2021 to hear a former basketball great say something like that?
Barkley didn’t stop there as he continued to argue that our political system is set up to protect the power and wealth of the people we elect in government.
“But I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, make us not like each other, so they can keep their grasp [on] money and power,” Barkley said.
“They divide and conquer,” Barkley said, adding that people are “stupid” to follow politicians who create issues in communities they “don’t live in.”
Barkley is spot on with his analysis. In today’s day and age, instead of politicians saying “Hey vote for me because I’m gonna do this in that” they say “Don’t vote for that guy because he’s evil and he hates you.” Democrats do this all the time because they can run on things they believe in so they want to make their voters angry at their opponent. That’s on Page 1 of the Big Book of Democrat Lies. In all fairness, some RINOs do the same thing but usually against Republicans who are trying to unseat them in a primary.
“I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people,” he said. “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. 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,” Barkley concluded.
True story. I was once out with friends at the River Deck Cafe, a club in Manayunk, Philadelphia, where Philly sports figures were known to frequent. I was standing talking to a friend in a crowded room in front of one of the bars when I got knocked into from behind and my beer spilled on the floor. I quickly turned around and there was a look of shock on the face of Charles Barkley. He said, “I’m really sorry about that. I was shoved myself.” I shook his hand because who wouldn’t, right? He smiled as he walked toward the bar and asked, “What were you drinking.” I said, “Coors Light.” He made a face and said, “Thanks for going easy on my wallet,” and then we both laughed. Charles caught a lot of crap by the Philly media, but he was a really decent, good man in person.
This isn’t the first time Barkley has made comments that are the antithesis of the political agenda of Woke sports leagues like the NBA. In September last year, Barkley did not speak the same divisive racial nonsense over the death of Breonna Taylor that many others did at the time, saying that even though the case was tragic, it didn’t belong in the same category as the death of George Floyd.
“It’s just bad the young lady lost her life, but we do have to take into account that her boyfriend did shoot at the cops and shot a cop,” Barkley said. “So, like I said, even though I’m really sorry she lost her life, I don’t think we can just put this in the same situation as George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery,” Barkley said.
Barkley also ripped the “fools on TV” who were fighting for the “defund the police” movement, saying that black people need police “when we have crime in our neighborhoods.”
I hope he doesn’t get canceled, because we need the voice of reason if we’re ever going to stop the Marxist onslaught of Cancel Culture.
There are few people in the black community who speak their minds about cultural issues affecting their race, but in return get ostracized, even it true.
Retired NBA star, Charles Barkley is one of them. His views are all over the political and cultural spectrum. This time what he just said is needed in 2020. Last week, Barkley warned that sports leagues trying to be woke are “turning into a circus, instead of trying to do some good stuff.”
Hall of Fame NBA player Charles Barkley criticized recent anti-Semitic incidents involving entertainer Nick Cannon, former NBA player and ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and rapper Ice Cube.
“I’m so disappointed in these men, but I don’t understand how you beat hatred with more hatred,” Barkley said. “That stuff should never come up in your vocabulary, and that stuff should never come up in your heart. I don’t understand it and I’m never going to accept it.”
Barkley made the comments on Friday’s episode of his podcast “The Steam Room,” which he co-hosts with fellow NBA analyst Ernie Johnson.
“What the hell are y’all doing?” Barkley asked. “Y’all want racial equality. We all do. I don’t understand how insulting another group helps our cause. I don’t understand in any shape or form.”
“We can’t allow Black people to be prejudiced also, especially if we’re asking for white folks to respect us, give us economic opportunity and things like that,” the legendary basketball player said. “If you want respect, you got to give respect.”
“Especially at a time when you’re asking people to respect Black people, that black lives matter, this whole George Floyd thing has opened up a great dialogue to some of the problems in the black community,” Barkley pointed out. “I don’t want to alienate anybody, and to take shots at the Jewish, the white race, I just don’t like it, cause it’s not right.”
Barkley said that he could never say the hateful things that Cannon, Stephen Jackson, DeSean Jackson, or Ice Cube are accused of saying.
“I ain’t never gonna say something bad about another ethnic group,” Barkley said. “Never, ever. That’s not in my heart. That’s not in my soul. That’s not in my DNA.”
Barkley praised fellow NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for condemning the anti-Semitism, but was shocked that there wasn’t more outrage over the anti-Semitic instances. Abdul-Jabbar wrote an article for The Hollywood Reporter titled “Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?”
“Recent incidents of anti-Semitic tweets and posts from sports and entertainment celebrities are a very troubling omen for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement, but so too is the shocking lack of massive indignation,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “Given the New Woke-fulness in Hollywood and the sports world, we expected more passionate public outrage. What we got was a shrug of meh-rage.”
“These famous, outspoken people share the same scapegoat logic as all oppressive groups from Nazis to the KKK [Ku Klux Klan]: all our troubles are because of bad-apple groups that worship wrong, have the wrong complexion, come from the wrong country, are the wrong gender or love the wrong gender,” Abdul-Jabbar added. “It’s so disheartening to see people from groups that have been violently marginalized do the same thing to others without realizing that perpetuating this kind of bad logic is what perpetuates racism.”
Ice Cube reacted to Abdul-Jabbar’s column by likening him to Judas betraying Jesus Christ.
Shame on the Hollywood Reporter who obviously gave my brother Kareem 30 pieces of silver to cut us down without even a phone call. https://t.co/XRXPu0NRBW
As BLM leaders motivate millions of people to chant “f**k the police” and “the only good cop is a dead cop”, some activists are calling for the show Paw Patrol to be canceled because it portrays cops as “good cops”.
In a solidarity move, the television show put out a statement on its official Twitter account supporting the ongoing protests fighting the myth of systemic racism. But the hateful Leftist Twitter trolls were quick to respond by condemning the children’s show for having the gall to portray one of its characters as a morally upstanding police dog.
The statistics prove that more cops are good than bad. But the BLM movement, extreme leftist, and liberal media are trying to convince America that most cops are bad.
On Tuesday Charles Barkley was asked by CNN what his thoughts were on defunding the police.
“We need the cops, most of the cops do a fantastic job, but instead of defunding and all this other stuff, let’s just do police reform. Everybody should be on board for that whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal,” Barkley said Tuesday on CNN.
Barkley called Floyd’s killing a “disgrace” that should concern everyone in America regardless of race.