Nevada rancher Bundy: ‘The Negro’ better off as slaves

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LAS VEGAS — Rancher Cliven Bundy, who recently backed down the Bureau of Land Management over grazing his cattle on federal land, has continued to rally a small group of adherents to his southern Nevada ranch, recently holding forth on the current state of “the Negro.”

Bundy made the controversial comments in his daily news conference on Saturday, according to a New York Times story published Wednesday.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” the rancher told a group of about 50 supporters. He began describing a housing project he had seen in North Las Vegas, which he said was occupied entirely by African Americans.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he said, as quoted by the Times. “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.”

The Times contacted Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dean Heller (R-NV), who have spoken out in support of Bundy, for comment on the speech.

A spokesman for Heller, who said he considers Bundy and his supporters “patriots,” told the Times that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”

“His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Paul said in a later statement to Business Insider.




    • Tom Sanders

      And you just lied like the liberal scum that you are…hannity said he agrees with that cause but condemed his statement….you can agree with a cause but disagree with someone’s attitude….but what would you know? You just your mouth telling lies like all liberals…name callers…liars and race baiters…everyone knows.

      • Angelica O'Toole

        You DO realize that in your oh so eloquent response you:
        called this person names “like the liberal scum that you are”
        then said: “like all liberals…name callers…”
        So are you calling your self a liberal or just being a hypocryte like all conservative scum? HAHA just kidding, I don’t perpetuate gerneralized stereotypes based on one ignorant person!

  • Mark Carroll

    I am totally against his racist comment . And I was one of many Americans that stood up for your rights against the goverment ,and the crooked Ried family . I wuldn’t help you now if they shot everyone of your cattle …..

  • Mario Velasquez

    Asian minorities, Hispanic minorities, Arabian minorities have succeeded in America despite the race-attacks they have often received. Afro-Americans have received and earn friendly laws, civil rights, affirmative action and else… and still they are lagging in bettering family and social status. Should we blame others for what one-self can’t do?

    I’ve seen the “black-race” card being played at my worksite. I am a minority, and I’m doing better because I don’t claim “entitlement”. I always push to better myself despite empty racial words I hear against me; and I am succeeding.

    • lejanele

      You speak of specific situations involving specific people who do not represent an entire race. There are more than just blacks on welfare, other members of differences races use the race card in certain situations. You hear about race laws & blacks because of the history of blacks in America, but they are not solely specific to blacks only. They are in place for minorities as a whole. Don’t speak on an entire race unless you know that the entire race is guilty of such claims & no others are.

  • jwmurrayjr

    You will notice, if you want to, that Bundy did NOT say “‘The Negro’ better off as slaves”.
    He actually said ““And I’ve often wondered, [were] they better off as slaves…or are they better off under government subsidy?”
    Slavery was despicable but after “emancipation” the issue has never been thoughtfully or honestly dealt with. Now, 150 years later, blacks should be truly integrated into American society…and some are.
    But most have been exploited by politicians for their own ends. I think that is Bundy’s point, although crudely put.

  • dapandico

    They are living on the modern day Plantation of Dependency created by the government. Why doesn’t the LSM quote LBJ about getting the votes for the next hundred years?

  • Jennifer Newton

    Seems to me Bundy, as a rancher, is also dependent on federal land to graze his cattle- so in a sense he too is being subsidized by the government. I wonder if BLM land was not available to him for grazing if he would still even be in the cattle business.

  • Codswallop Hogwash

    He didn’t say they were better off as slaves. He said”“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?”
    ‘ I have often wondered’ – A question, not a statement. If we believe in freedom of speech and thought, a person should be able to wonder about just about anything without being branded a racist.

  • Marilyn Miller Spittler

    OK, he did not say it well, but I think I understand the intent behind his statements. Successful people require empowerment. Slaves were not empowered; they were beaten, raped, humiliated and killed. Nothing was or is right about slavery. Period.

    I believe what this man is saying is the government’s response to the issue and their “solution to the problem” was lacking in thought, education and communication.While opportunity is now available for people of any race, it is not available to people of every financial status.

    The poor are desperately poor and it is difficult to rise out of that scenario. If I may be allowed to say, I believe the current solution by the government to financially award people to not work rather than incent them to work and gain personal empowerment is a large part of the problem and the continued oppression.

    Also, I believe the lack of affordable child care for people who would prefer to work and empower themselves is not present. Reform is needed in the manner of how funds are appropriated in order to empower all citizens of the U.S. to create better lives for themselves and their precious families.

    • Codswallop Hogwash

      Clearly you actually know nothing about slavery. While there was a small component that were treated badly, the vast majority were treated well, often as extended family. After the Civil War, the Federal Government conducted interviews of thousands of former slaves. OVERWHELMINGLY THEY SAID THEY WERE TREATED KINDLY, AND WERE FOND OF THEIR FORMER OWNERS.

      Hopefully you will start for the myths in racism and slavery from now on.

  • Dawn Ahart

    I support Bundy but this comment is taken and twisted by the media’s interpretation. I have been on food stamps and medicaid Not cash assistance. I am not of a “minority” race (minority in quotes because by 2050 whites WILL BE the minority). I think he was being specific about *that* particular housing project and using *that* particular housing project as an example. If a family is on welfare, aka food stamps medicaid and receiving cash assistance, then that family has just become a slave to the government. This is what I think Bundy was saying. Would people in general like being a slave to a single entity (employer) rather than a government institution? I think is how he should have phrased it. If this is what Bundy was meaning then I still support him

  • Doreen Gaydoon

    How is that racist? Because it is true? Regardless of the vocation/profession, it is clearly better if the negro, and actually everyone else, were off the taxpayers backs. That the negro is fed ebonics, instead of English, so some liberal elitist can have a career doling out welfare gruel and moments of teaching…. well he and she should be pretty upset at how Johnson, and now Obama have shafted them. jus sayin’ 50% of blacks having been in the criminal justice system 40 years after Johnson set this all in motion…. well I think times up on the failed social experiment. Everyone has the same potential. Time we all start behaving like it.

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