NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has never backed down from controversy.
Barkley may be the only person associated with the NBA who actually tells the truth, no matter what it entails.
Prior to the NCAA Final Four games on Saturday, Barkley directed some pointed comments towards politicians, both republicans and democrats, who are banking on the racial divide of Americans.
“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.”
Good for Charles Barkley for telling the truth when none of his colleagues have the backbone for it.
The sooner the American people see through the orchestrated racial division happening in this country, the sooner we will all be better off.
The Daily Caller has more on Barkley's truth bomb:
Charles Barkley shared some refreshing and blunt thoughts about the divisions in America, and everyone needs to hear his words.
It’s known that the retired NBA legend never holds back when he has something to say, and this time he touched on the chaos and carnage in America. Trust me, it’s been a minute or two since we’ve heard something this wide. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Barkley said the following Saturday afternoon prior the Final Four games starting:
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.
Barkley says voters are "stupid" to follow politicians who are exploiting them.
Fox News has more on what Barkley calls the political exploitation of Americans on the basis of race:
He said voters are "stupid" to follow any politicians who spend their careers exploiting differences.
"‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other,'" he mocked. "‘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."
The Hall of Famer, who has long been known for his outspokenness, last summer addressed the nationwide anti-racism protests following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Barkley accused professional athletes of turning the conversation about racism into a "circus."
"Instead of talking about racial equality, racial justice, and economic justice, we spend all our time worrying about who’s kneeling and not kneeling, what things are being said on buses, what’s being said on jerseys," he said in a July interview. "I think we’re missing the point."
Though Barkley called out both republicans and democrats, it seems as though only republicans are the ones agreeeing with him, while democrats are angry with him.