I‘m sure it will come as a terrible shock to find out that Cliven Bundy, the freeloading rancher in a tense standoff with the federal government, is also a racist. During his daily pep rally with supporters he went on a rant that began, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro.” And here’s what else he knows:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Ah yes, the “negros” (seriously, does he still live in the 1950s?) were better off as slaves because they’re less free today than they were then. Imagine a mind capable of saying that with a straight face. This isn’t just wrong, it’s morally repulsive and utterly delusional. Oh, and racist too. But he’s not backing down one bit:
In a press conference Thursday, Bundy defended and repeated his comments but emphasized he was merely “wondering” whether African-Americans were better off as slaves.
“And that’s a question I put before the world: Are they better, or were they better then? I’m not saying I thought they should be slaves, or I wasn’t even saying they was (sic) better off; I’m wondering if they’re better off,” he said.
Bundy said he questions whether those living under government subsidies are living as slaves to the state, but denied he held racist views.
“I might not have a very big word base or vocabulary, I guess, but let me tell you something: When I say slavery, I mean slavery…Slavery is about when you take away choices from people, and where you have forced labor,” he said. “You think that’s what I’m about, America? If it is, you’re sure wrong, because I don’t believe in any type of that stuff.”
And Bundy didn’t back down in an interview Thursday night with CNN’s Bill Weir. He questioned whether blacks are better off now when “they don’t have nothing to do with their children, their family unit is ruined (and) I don’t think they have the life that they should have.”
“I don’t think I’m wrong,” he told CNN, insisting that he’d spoken “from my heart.” “I think I’m right.”
Of course, he didn’t just ask the question, he answered it when he claimed that they had more freedom as slaves than they do today. And by the way, who exactly is the welfare queen here? He’s living off public resources and refusing to pay for them. Maybe he’d be better off as a slave? I mean, I’m just asking the question. Or maybe living off the dole is only bad when it’s black people?