My guess, from reading his comments, is that said political affiliation is a moot point; Irrespective of which way you sway, Mr. Barkley is asserting (at least how I interpret it) Dems only express concern for the black contingent at a time when it is most beneficial to them. Do Republicans do the same? Yes, to a degree I suppose, but I do feel Dems are a bit more frisky when it comes to to the "ohh, white rich people"- this and "ohh, brown people" -that tropes during the election cycle.
didn't say it was. im sorry if thats what you think i insinuated. for me, its more about the facet of maturity: one is a 15 year old HS kid and the other was a 62 year old man. The person whom is supposed to be mature wasn't mature and decided to instigate a situation with a minor. Its a hard case to make that Phillips was "bullied" when he, essentially, asked for it by going up to them. It's also about common sense: adults should have a modicum of menial brain activity which would tell them that approaching kids and purposely attempting to annoy them may not make for most amicable end result. In other words, you are in no position to complain about the forest fire when you were the one who threw the lit match on the pile of dry leaves.
I guess the thing that bothers me the most, that I haven't seen anyone really talk about is this: Phillips is a man, a grown adult whom is supposed to conduct himself in a mature manner; The Covington kids are just that....kids whom are more prone to immaturity and all the wayward things that come with adolescence. An adult, irrespective of political leaning or affiliation, should have the maturity and common sense to know it's probably not the smartest thing in the world to instigate and provoke kids by getting in their faces. You can have the whole "kids need to respect their elders" conversation, but again, Phillips instigated the kids, they didn't instigate him.