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Cliven Bundy Makes Racist Comments, No Real Surprise

For those of us who trade in news and politics, Cliven Bundy is the gift that keeps on giving. While Bundy himself is a nut-job, many on the right have rallied to his cause seeing it as an example of the encroachment of the government on American freedom. Thus, it is important to shed all the light possible on this man and his “cause.”

The New York Times sent a reporter to cover Bundy—at the very least he’s a newsmaker—and on Saturday during his daily presser there were “only one report and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate what was in effect a town meeting with supporters….” During his “long, loping discourse,” the topic moved towards race.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said, more to the crowd than the camera filming him, “when I go through North Las Vegas and I see these old government houses, and in front…there’s always at least half a dozen people sitting on the porch.” He goes to suggest that they “didn’t have nothing to do.” He then asks if perhaps “they weren’t better off as slaves, picking cotton or having a family life and doing things or are they better off under government subsidy.”

Despite the video evidence, Bundy told Alex Jones and Peter Schiff that his remarks were taken out-of-context and then proceeded to make statements identical to the first remarks. He’s not racist, he’s just “wondering” if people were better off as slaves than those who are on welfare and other government subsidies.

In what is the most enraging and hilarious aspect of Bundy’s racial comments is that he keeps insisting that under the current system there is no “family structure” unlike, apparently, back when slavery was legal in the south.

About the author

Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.