Sports commentators are weighing in on a lot more than sports these days, but they’re not supposed to say this.
In the past few years, sports has gone “woke” from individual players choosing to protest while in uniform to entire leagues defending their dependence on the sweet, sweet Chinese cash while ignoring human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party to overtly political commentators. There’s no hiding from politics, even when watching sports.
But former Basketball Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley, doesn’t follow the script. You can always count on him to speak his mind on any topic. From basketball to current events, he’s not afraid of saying exactly what he thinks even if it goes against the grain of the liberal establishment.
ClashDaily has covered several of the outside-of-the-box takes of Sir Charles here:
- WATCH: Charles Barkley Pushes Back On The BLM Narrative Surrounding Breonna Taylor Case
- Charles Barkley: ‘I Don’t Understand How You Beat Hatred With More Hatred’
- Charles Barkley Says NBA’s Focus On Social Justice Is ‘Turning Into A Circus’ (VIDEO)
- Charles Barkley Blasts Dem Politicians For Ignoring Black Voters … Take Notes, GOP!
- WATCH: Charles Barkley ROASTS Hate Hoax Huckster Jussie Smollett And It’s HILARIOUS
- HEY, CNN: Charles Barkley Had THIS To Say About Trump’s ‘Locker-Room Video’
During coverage of the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, the former NBA star and current TNT commentator weighed in on what was stoking racial division in America — he pointed the finger at politicians. He said that most people aren’t focused on race and politicians are stoking divisions in order to maintain their grasp on money and power. He also said that voters are “stupid” if they follow politicians
BARKLEY: Man, I think most white people and black people are great people. 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 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 speaking the truth pic.twitter.com/lt9jBldV2a
— ET (@runBMC57) April 3, 2021
Are the “woke” sports broadcasting networks regretting allowing non-sports talk from their commentators yet?
Sir Charles is just saying what he thinks is true.
His statement here somewhat reflects what prominent black conservatives have been saying for a long time. In an interview a couple of years ago, Larry Elder told the Epoch Times, “Because the Democratic Party has not won the white vote since 1964. Blacks vote often around 95 percent or so for the Democratic Party, and the primary reason blacks pull the lever for the Democratic Party is this perception that racism remains a major problem in America.”
This, of course, is the problem. Because the Democrats don’t win the majority of white votes in a predominantly white country, they label Republicans as racist. They can then disingenuously paint the GOP as the party of slavery, the KKK, and Jim Crow — all of which is completely outrageous and bald-faced lies — while touting themselves as altruistic defenders of black Americans… just don’t look at the results of their policies.
This isn’t the first time that Barkley has blamed politicians for the division in America. Now, it’s pretty clear that he isn’t a fan of Trump and has bought into the corporate media idea that Trump “made it cool to be a bigot.” As frustrating as that is, just try to get past that and listen to what he had to say about the politics of division right after the riot in D.C. in January.
Dude is not completely wrong, here.
There was a time when we could get things done and work together despite political differences through compromise. But now, the political has become the personal, and Democrats are insisting that there is no room for compromise. The push to redefine what “bipartisan” means is coming straight from the White House.
It’s refreshing to hear Barkley call out politicians for stoking division because we all know it’s true.
If we had a functioning press, the corporate media would be doing this rather than a former NBA star who was hired to talk about basketball.