Apr 25 2014

“Racist” Bundy Not So Racist: Unedited Video


The latest hype around Cliven Bundy has nothing to do with his ranch or the Bureau of Land Management. Instead, it centers around a New York Times profile allegedly exposing Bundy as a big fat racist. In fact, it seems the NYT might be a bunch of big fat liars.

In the profile and the Media Matters video, Bundy certainly sounds racist and ignorant, referring to blacks as “negro” and suggesting they were better off – and happier – as slaves. He also seems to suggest that African Americans do nothing but sit on their porches and get abortions. Admittedly, the clip is pretty horrific to watch.

But one might wonder, how did Bundy even get on that subject? A NYT rebuttle got the whole story. The article explains that, prior to the supposed remarks, Bundy noted most of the protestors flocking to his ranch were white. The Washington Post quoted Bundy as saying, “Where is our colored brother? Where is our Mexican brother? Where is our Chinese – where are they? They’re just as much American as we are, and they’re not with us. If they’re not with us, they’re going to be against us.” The article explained that his words were a reference to witnessing the L.A. riots in 1965, and Bundy’s belief that it was African Americans’ lack of freedom that caused the riots.

Bundy went on, “We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and we sure don’t want to go back. We sure don’t want these colored people to have to go back to that point. We sure don’t want these Mexican people to go back to that point. And we can make a difference right now by taking care of some of these bureaucracies and do it in a peaceful way.”

He also remarked on the wholesome family lives of Mexicans, and that despite their “illegal” status, they are hard workers and pay their taxes.

All this led up to the segment posted by the NYT and in the Media Matters video:

“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.”

Depending on your understanding of subsidies, the War on Poverty, and the mechanics of the welfare state, that still sounds pretty racist. Full video (below) of the encounter includes Bundy’s remarks suggesting that government-created dependence on the welfare state is another form of slavery. Government subsidies and the “War on Poverty” create a whole group of people – or all races – that rely solely on government for food, housing, child care, and now, health care. Did he state any of this gracefully? Perhaps not. Is Bundy in fact racist, or does he wish minorities to have the opportunity to cast off their government shackles and be completely free? You decide.

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