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Cliven Bundy Defends Comments: ‘Not Saying They Should Be Slaves, I’m Wondering If They Were Better Off’

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a budding conservative hero that many talking heads have rallied around, tried to defend comments he made about “negroes” in a speech last week and… the “out-of-context” excuse didn’t exactly work.

Bundy held a press conference on Thursday (amazing how quickly you can go from a nobody tax evader to holding your own press conference in this country) and tried to explain what he meant in his speech when he told a crowd that he wonders if black people would have been better off as slaves than living in the projects with “nothing to do.”

In his press conference, Bundy said “I’m not saying that I thought they should be slaves. I’m not even saying they was better off. I’m a wondering if they were better off?” Oh. Okay.

He continued, “I’m a wondering are they better off with their woman aborting their children? Are they better off with their young men in prison? Are they with the older people on the sidewalks in front of their government-issued homes with a few children?”

He added “Are they better off, are they happier than they was when they was in the south in front of their homes with their chickens, and their gardens, and their children around them – and their men having something to do?”

Yeah, you guys, he’s just “a wondering.”

In his earlier speech, Bundy drew fire for saying “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro.”

He stated “In front of [the projects in Las Vegas] 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.”

Wait, is he still just “a wondering” when he says that?”

He went on, saying “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.”

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  • Cordell Huntley

    So he is typical of the racist that see the Blacks on welfare and ignore the white majority that are caught in the generational welfare cycle. This has nothing to do with him ignoring the public land land management and protection put in place by President Ronald Reagan.

    • AnnaMossity

      The generational welfare cycle IS rapidly becoming a thing of the past, y’know… Actual *cash* “welfare” payments, or “TANF” [formerly “AFDC”] now have a 5-year lifetime limit. Food stamp money, now that’s a different story, but I defy ANYONE to live on that alone. Public housing? Depends on where you live–In my city (San Diego, CA) the waiting list is up to an avg. 12-YEARS, and having a parent in a housing project in no way qualifies you for a shorter wait in their “triage” system. Nothing much DOES, other than being a veteran, or having small children and being homeless…

  • AnnaMossity

    Slaves had a family life? Hmm, must have been a bit hectic, considering how families were routinely split apart and sold to different owners. Gosh, “I wonder” how very much like the busy schedule of today’s soccer mom such logistics would necessitate a slave mother’s daily routine would be… [An equally inane non-comparison, yes?]