Kings County Politics, October 28, 2020, Op-Ed: How Charles And Inez Barron’s Seat Switching Is A Dangerous Political Legacy Game
Political figures, and Husband and wife Charles and Inez Barron have consistently moved from term limit to new political positions throughout their time in East New York. A major problem was that in the couples combined 30 years in power, they have not improved the conditions of the east New York community. Furthermore, it has been found they have allowed for further gentrification to take place in their community, faltering on their responsibility to protect their constituents.
Community leaders and politicians may not agree on everything, but the goal is to have the people’s best interests at heart. One of the best ways to do this is through unity. Unfortunately, throughout the years, Charles and Inez Barron have seemed to embrace an abrasiveness and divisiveness when it comes to supporting or joining together with other Black leaders. Recently, Charles Barron called Tish James, the first black person ever to be elected as New York’s Attorney General, a “puppet.”
Nikki Lucas, a candidate running for Inez Barron’s 42nd City Council District seat, interpreted this swipe as an “insult to all black women.” This doesn’t seem to be an isolated incident, as Charles has been cited as disrespecting former President Barack Obama and Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries. While there is nothing wrong with not seeing eye-to-eye and even offering a different viewpoint, these events reveal an unwillingness of Charles Barron to unite with other influential Black politicians to help construct and pass legislation to support the people of East New York.