A comment by embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy about blacks and slavery was taken out of context by the New York Times, according to Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, who told WND in an interview Thursday his father was trying to reach out to the black and Hispanic communities.
“They took what they wanted. They knew when they were there his comments were not racist. He wasn’t able to completely articulate,” Ammon Bundy told WND. “That’s just my dad. He is a very principled person.”
The Times, in a report by Adam Nagourney, said Cliven Bundy, in a daily meeting Saturday with reporters and photographers covering his case, made the comments that critics are calling racist.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Nagourney quoted Bundy saying.
Bundy was recalling public housing projects 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? 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.”
Ammon Bundy told WND: “I was there standing right beside my father when he made those comments. He was reaching out to the black community.”
He explained his father was commenting on the fact that while blacks were “in slavery on plantations, now because of the welfare system, they continue to be in slavery.”
Sean Hannity who is one of Bundy’s ardent supporters was quick to ostracize Bundy for his racist remarks saying Bundy’s views are “repugnant,” and they give ammunition to those who try to label all Republicans racists.
Bundy clarified his remarks later on the Peter Schiff radio show.He told The Peter Schiff Show he was “wondering” if blacks are better off now than they were under slavery.
“I said I’m wondering if they’re better off under government subsidy and the young women are having abortions, their young men are in jail and their older women and children are sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do,” Bundy told Schiff.
“I’m wondering are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were slaves and they were able to have their family structure together and chickens and doggies and the people have something to do.
“In my mind, I’m wondering are they better off being slaves in that sense or better off being slaves to the United States government in the sense of subsidy.“
Recently Shawna Cox,Bundy’s secretary was asked the question if Bundy was racist and she replied,”“Of course not!” she replied strongly, regarding racism, adding, “We believe slavery is horrible! Friday night we are actually planning a party and specifically inviting blacks and Latinos,” said Cox. “We started planning this party way before these comments were made.”
Cox told WND that after last Friday’s party, Bundy began asking why it was that not many blacks or Latinos were present. So the controversial rancher met with some of the minorities in the community on Monday or Tuesday, she said, to reach out to them and invite them to today’s party.
“I know the man. He’s a God-fearing man,” she said. “This is a really good man who loves and cares about all people,” she added with conviction. Cox insists Bundy was “trying to reach out to [blacks]” in his comments. However, she said, “we’re cowboys we don’t always say things exactly right.
Now before anyone calls me racist, I agree with Bundy. Today more people are on government subsidies than ever before and Obama has increased that dependency on government. Some 50 million people are on food stamps and welfare. Most of those are minorities. As long as they are on the subsidies that stifles ambition in them and they sit around and wait for the government to supply them. Dependence on the government is slavery so in that sense Bundy was right. I agree with this comment I saw to an article about Bundy’s remarks:
So being truthful is now “racist”? He is mostly correct in that we have a lot more slavery in this country now than prior to the Civil War, and not just black folks, but many other colors as well. When the government provides all your needs, then you are a slave – you will obey for fear of losing some freebie.
Recently Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi were saying how it is a good thing to be unemployed and unemployment helps the economy. Pelosi told people that since they were not working they were now free to write that book they always wanted or paint that great masterpiece they always wanted and do many other things that a job kept them from because the government will support them. Isn’t that socialism? Isn’t that slavery? How come nobody criticized them when they said things like people shouldn’t work? It’s more double standard from the liberal mainstream press like the NYT. If Bundy was a liberal democrat or Hollywood celebrity saying that you can be sure the media would be saying, “You know, they are right. We do have a problem here,” but since it was Bundy who is a conservative and very principled man and a FOX News supporter he’s labeled a racist.
I also want to ask where were the animal rights activists when government agents shot Bundy’s cows and bulls and buried them on his land for no reason other than sport and bullying and happy trigger fingers. Yes where were you guys hmmmmmm?
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