Charles Barkley is never one to keep his mouth shut about anything going on in the world.
Barkley accused both Democrats and Republicans of trying ‘to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power.’ The Basketball Hall of Famer’s comments came during CBS’ pregame coverage ahead of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis.
Barkley was prompted by host Ernie Johnson to weigh in after a pregame show featured a filmed segment of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy telling a crowd in Indianapolis on April 4, 1968 that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated that same day in Memphis.
“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 are 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,” Barkley said.
“I truly believe in my heart that most white people and Black people are awesome people. But we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they are Republicans or Democrats,” he continued. “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.”
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