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Charles Barkley Says the Democratic Party Has Done Little to Help Black Americans

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.

The former Phoenix Suns star sat in the audience during the presidential debate Tuesday. But, he was not impressed with what he saw. Barkley told the media that “every black person I know has always voted Democratic,” but most are “still poor” despite those votes.

‘Still Poor’

Barkley also slammed Democrats for ignoring people of color, saying, “It’s an economic thing, and that’s what both parties have been neglecting, especially the Democratic Party,” as reported by Yahoo News.

“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,” Barkley continued.

Barkley, currently a TNT commentator, also mentioned that he said the same thing back in 2017 and nothing has changed.

Barkley said both parties “suck” at doing anything for black voters.

“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 suck in that aspect,” he added.

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Didn’t Like How the Debate Was Set Up

Barkley thought the debate itself was poorly planned and didn’t like 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 thought TNT would do a better job with the debates than CNN. “We can do a much better job [of the debates], especially CNN,” he said. “We could do a much better job of doing like an individual night where we have plenty of time.”

The NBA legend said among the candidates he was leaning toward supporting either Julian Castro or South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

He also said he was tired of Democrats constantly 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.

 

Barkley Is Right

Barkley is a respected voice within the black community and he is absolutely right – 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.

Charles Barkley has said more than once now that the Democratic Party has failed black Americans. Maybe, if we’re lucky, they will start listening.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • "Never understood why Black people would vote Democratic after everything that the Democrats did to them?" Ever wonder why they stopped voting Republican and then all switched to Democrat ? Has the majority of the GOP learned to stop demonizing black Americans regularly? A generalization of them as being lazy, thuggish, and no motivation. To stop the belittling criticism of black individuals who better themselves as the GOP have commented about often. Even successful individuals are treated less for bettering themselves as the GOP has insisted they should. The GOP doesn't portray a feeling of inclusion to the black community. A little more like they talk down to it maybe helps better describe it. They (GOP) display a general feeling of being "out of touch" with them. And after 40+ years of voting primarily Democrat following their mass abandonment of the Republican party, why hasn't the GOP made any headway with them? If you could "Never understood why Black people would vote Democrat?" Then is it possible to consider that you may be "out of touch?" So, maybe you should try by asking and talking to them? A conversation is always a good start!

  • "Never understood why Black people would vote Democratic after everything that the Democrats did to them?" Ever wonder why they stopped voting Republican and then all switched to Democrat ? Has the majority of the GOP learned to stop demonizing black Americans regularly? A generalization of them as being lazy, thuggish, and no motivation. To stop the belittling criticism of black individuals who better themselves as the GOP have commented about often. Even successful individuals are treated less for bettering themselves as the GOP has insisted they should. The GOP doesn't portray a feeling of inclusion to the black community. A little more like they talk down to it maybe helps better describe it. They (GOP) display a general feeling of being "out of touch" with them. And after 40+ years of voting primarily Democrat following their mass abandonment of the Republican party, why hasn't the GOP made any headway with them? If you could "Never understood why Black people would vote Democrat?" Then is it possible to consider that you may be "out of touch?" So, maybe you should try by asking and talking to them? A conversation is always a good start!

  • When he played, his nickname was,” The round mound of sound”. There is a reason for it. I am not sure why he likes Buttigieg. I’m from Indiana and he is in Big trouble in South Bend, particularly with his police department. South Bend is home to Notre Dame, a lot of Dems up there. I don’t understand how a Catholic University is so liberal. Aren’t Catholics against contraception and abortion? However, they tend to support Democrats. What hypocrisy.

  • It's very simple. The Democrats can't lose the black vote no matter what they do. The Republicans can't get the black vote no matter what they do. Maybe the two presidents who have done more for black people's well-being than any others have been Nixon and Trump. Doesn't matter; the community leaders, who unlike most black people have been very handsomely rewarded by the Democratic Party (how DID Jesse Jackson become a multimillionaire?), yell, "The Republicans are racist!" and the 90+% vote comes through. So the Democrats take black people for granted and the Republicans write them off as unreachable. The Dole-Kemp ticket really did try very hard to reach black voters; they did no better than any other Republican campaign on Election Day 1996.

  • It's very simple. The Democrats can't lose the black vote no matter what they do. The Republicans can't get the black vote no matter what they do. Maybe the two presidents who have done more for black people's well-being than any others have been Nixon and Trump. Doesn't matter; the community leaders, who unlike most black people have been very handsomely rewarded by the Democratic Party (how DID Jesse Jackson become a multimillionaire?), yell, "The Republicans are racist!" and the 90+% vote comes through. So the Democrats take black people for granted and the Republicans write them off as unreachable. The Dole-Kemp ticket really did try very hard to reach black voters; they did no better than any other Republican campaign on Election Day 1996.

  • Charles thank you for waking up and realizing the Democrats could really care less about the Black Americans they just want your vote, and they never really wanted to help the Blacks just your vote.

  • Barkley like everyone else is missing the point. The question is, "What have Black people done to help themselves?" You can't get ahead without the proper education and morals. There are many successful well educated black people in corporate leader rolls. Why did they succeed when so many have not? It's not what color you are, it's what you do that matters.

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