By Skip Chatterson - April 25, 2014
We all know the story by now. Cliven Bundy’s unwarranted fight with the Bureau of Land Management and the Harry Reid Clan. All conservatives were square behind him concerning his cattle and the government overreaction, but now most conservatives are running like rats from a sinking ship. Why?
Mr. Bundy recently made some statements that most people are labeling racist. Most of his previous supporters are calling him a racist now, but is he? Here is his statement from the Washington Post:
“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.”
Mr. Bundy has not backed down from his statement. Let’s review what we know about him.
Mr. Bundy is a 67 year old rancher from Nevada who has probably never made statements before a TV camera ever. Present, for the interview, were one journalist and one photographer. That pretty much spells out the glasses we should view him through.
Mr. Bundy is from a generation that came up through the civil rights era, but he is from Nevada. Nevada is a world away from where the civil rights battle was fought. One of Mr. Bundy’s big sins- saying the word Negro. Fortunately, this is not the same as using the other “N” word. How do I know that? Because I can use Negro in print without having to use symbols to hide the word. Is it a good word? It’s probably not the best word to use, but Mr. Bundy is from a generation and a place were that was the acceptable term for the black community. Mr. Bundy isn’t the most articulate person in front of a camera, but then neither is Obama, without a teleprompter.
Is it Mr. Bundy questioning whether most black people are better off now as wards of the federal leviathan or as slaves in pre-Civil War America? Haven’t we all wondered if the black community is better off now at least as compared to the civil rights era? Yes, we may wonder if the black community was better off when it was oppressed, but it was that oppression that brought out some very smart driven leaders from the pre-civil rights era. Pre-civil rights, most black families were just that…Families, with a father and mother both who were God fearing hard working examples for their generations to follow. What we have now is a certain percentage of that population who depends entirely on their new god…government! Just look at the facts now: 72% of black babies born to single mother households. As percentage of their race, blacks are also disproportionately more dependent on the welfare system. Makes a person wonder if the government hasn’t been a hindrance to the black community, same as they are for the Native Americans. The black community is now on the same reservation/plantation—sitting on their Section 8 Housing porches— enslaved by their government. Certainly, I am not advocating going back to the pre-civil rights era, I am just longing for the family centered, hard working culture that existed then. Perhaps Mr. Bundy could have use a better phrase to describe a desire to work hard, other than picking cotton!
For any black person who is not a part of the aforementioned group, they are usually successful, mostly conservative people who get figuratively flogged for stepping off the Democrat plantation. Just look at people like Ben Carson, Mia Love, Clarence Thomas, Allen West or Tim Scott. These are brave smart conservative people who are genetically blessed with a great tan (I hate using terms like Afro-Americans, black Americans because we are all equal and need not be separated because of our skin complexion) who have been referred to as “Uncle Toms” or “Token Blacks for the Republicans” all this by the diverse and peaceful liberals. Who really are the racist?
Conservatives like Hannity and Beck have disavowed Mr. Bundy now. Are they correct to cut and run? Is Mr. Bundy a racist or is he a misunderstood rancher who is less than articulate? I am going to go out on a limb to say Mr. Bundy isn’t a racist. I believe he just doesn’t know any black Americans personally and isn’t very good when approaching any subject concerning the black community. Why did he feel he had to say anything about it then? I don’t know, it would have been much better if he either doesn’t say anything in front of cameras or just used measured words.
The real questions are: Does he not have the same right to freedom of speech as does Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton, or the latest gangsta rapper? Does it matter even if Mr. Bundy’s comments were racist? The government overreacted to the entire situation, presumably to save a tortoise or maybe to set up a solar panel farm for Harry Reid’s crony capitalistic son. The BLM has slaughtered many of Bundy’s cattle. I know it’s easy to pull back and say, “he was a racist, he deserved it”, but what happens when the next person is a socially acceptable person (as maybe happening now in Texas with the BLM looking to take 90,000 privately owned acres) and has the government lined up with armed paramilitary troops trying to take their land? Sean Hannity has been defending Mr. Bundy’s stance, up til now. Is our only requirement to support somebody against a tyrannical government the need to make sure they are an acceptable person? That’s all assuming the worst about Cliven Bundy, what if he is a decent guy?
African Americans being enslaved by plantation owners or enslaved by the Government. Its either physical or emotional slavery, but it is slavery all the same…