Monday, May 05, 2014

What Cliven Bundy said about blacks

The relevant excerpt:

“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.”


These are simply old-fashioned views from an old-fashioned man  -- views that had wide currency in America not so long ago.  Bundy is being pilloried for being old-fashioned.  He has been too busy managing his cattle to keep up with the latest intellectual fashions.

Even so, his views about the present bad state of many black families are widespread in respectable sources because the dysfunction concerned  is so obvious.  It's only his "wondering" about whether blacks were better off under slavery that is no longer fashionable.  But should ANY wondering be penalized?

His use of the term "negro" has also been condemned -- but "negro" is simply the scientific term for sub-Saharan Africans.  Again it is old-fashioned in modern speech but hardly wrong.


Anonymous said...

Instead of musing about the social conditions of negroes, perhaps he too would be more usefully employed as a slave(and how ironically too!).

Anonymous said...

He's been usefully employed his whole life. A tool like Anon 2:11 is too thick to realize that the elites dream is to make everyone their slaves. The negroes were just an easy first step.

Anonymous said...

elites = big business, the 1%, and ANY politician.

Anonymous said...

If you read the entirety of Bundy's comments, you'll see that he is not a racist, just a person lacking the ability to think deeply on this subject.

But given that Bundy has misrepresented facts on his property and other issues, it is not surprising that he is confused to think that people may have been better off as slaves.

After all, there is nothing like being bred as cattle; being whipped when you don't work to some level; to be hunted down when you walk off a piece of property; or having to watch your spouse or other family members being sold like a side of pork.

Heck, not being able to vote as a slave was a good may be leaps and bounds above today. Of course, in many states it was even illegal to teach slaves to read or write, so one must wonder what Bundy thinks is so grand about the days of slavery.

The answer is "he doesn't think."

He's not a racist.

He's just clueless.

Anonymous said...

Bundy just wants a free handout from the government. Typical socialist.

Bird of Paradise said...

Annon 10:56 Typical liberal all mouth and no mind no wonder our education system stinks