• ‘Sir Charles’ Says the Unsayable: Democratic Party Hasn’t Done Much for Black Americans

    Surge Summary: Former NBA superstar Charles Barkley openly criticizes the Democratic Party as being not particularly helpful to African Americans.

    A recent Political Insider piece posted over at Lifezette, breaks this news:

    Former NBA star Charles Barkley blasted the Democratic Party after Tuesday night’s debates, saying they have not done much to help most black Americans.

    Wait? Wh-a-a-at?? Hasn’t the erstwhile athlete/now-TNT sports commentator heard? Prominent African-Americans are not supposed to publicly knock the Democratic Party.

    Barkley reportedly sat in the audience during Tuesday’s political event but it’s gotta be disheartening news for the Donkey Party that what he saw didn’t impress him.

    “[E]very black person I know has always voted Democratic” —  Barkley explains, but most are “still poor” anyway.

    Yahoo News passes along this Barkley doozey: He believes Democrats have been ignoring people of color:

    “It’s an economic thing, and that’s what both parties have been neglecting, especially the Democratic Party.”

    “Every black person I know has always voted Democratic, and with the exception of a few guys who can play sports, all those people are still poor.”

    The retired Phoenix Suns power forward reminds us he said the same thing back in 2017 — and two years later nothing has changed.

    “I think all politicians take black folks for granted. They talk to black folks every four years, and that’s about it, and then do nothing about it. … Both parties s*ck in that aspect.”

    Barkley also had a beef with the way the debates were presented: poorly planned and he disliked the format.

    “You can’t really judge anybody by seeing them on television, especially when you’ve got 20 people. Nobody gets a word in edgewise. That’s really unfortunate,” he said.

    Barkley, who is currently favoring either former San Antonio Mayor/Obama Cabinet official Julian Castro or South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, additionally recommended,

    “[TNT] can do a much better job [with the debates], especially CNN. We could do a much better job of doing, like, an individual night where we have plenty of time.”

    Perhaps most startling of all, the fifty-six-year-old Hall of Famer complained he’s tired of Democrats unrelentingly trying to paint President Donald Trump as a racist.

    “I’m leery of calling people ‘racist.’ He says some things that can be construed as ‘racist.’ Some things he’s said are very wrong and flagrant,” Barkley said.

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    From the Political Insider:

    Barkley is a respected voice within the black community and he is absolutely right, in our view: After decades of strong support for the Democratic Party, black Americans have not been elevated. They have been promised the moon — but that party never delivers.

    Republicans would be smart to try to appeal to black voters with a message that isn’t about giving away free stuff. Barkley has said more than once now that the Democratic Party has failed black Americans. Maybe, if we’re lucky, that party will start listening.

    That would be lovely, truly, but experience and history indicate the Dems aren’t exactly open to correction – even when it comes from a high-profile member of one of their most loyal demographics. No, the term “quick learner” doesn’t come to mind when one contemplates the Democratic Party.

    Barkley has a reputation for occasionally unleashing impishly contrary comments, upending the politically correct apple cart – and getting away with it.

    It will be interesting to see if that pattern obtains in this latest, off-the-court exhibition.  And if his audacious professions move the Democratic needle even one millimeter.

    Image: Adapted from:  Gallery 2 Images – Flickr: Charles Barkley ’08, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20928565


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