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Cliven Bundy's Racist Comments

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  • Center Left
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    Dallas, TX
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    I know we already have a thread over the Cliven Bundy standoff with the law over cattle grazing. But I wanted to start this thread specific to Bundy's racist comments he made the other day when talking to a group of supporters. Here is the part of his speech that has everyone calling him a racist.

    “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Mr. Bundy says, recalling 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? 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.”

    Before these comments were made, most all the the GOP talking heads (especially those most in favor of a small federal government) were completely behind Bundy, saying that he was a hero of sorts and that this is a gross example of government overreach. After the comment, these talking heads are all jumping ship. Sure, some are simultaneously condemning his comments and still saying that the government is in the wrong. But, most are turning their backs on Bundy and pretending like the story no longer exists or merits relevance (I'm looking at you Fox News).

    To me, this does pose a good question: Does being a racist make you any more or less wrong in your stand against the government? It's interesting that those guys like Hannity are back-peddling so hard. They want so badly to have case after case of hard-working, legit, logical, sane, Republican, small government minded white men to have a stand off with the government over pure ideological terms that they agree with, so they can point to it and further their "cause"... how so rare that actually ever happens.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    Being a racist does not inherently invalidate your other views. You can be a racist and think that government is to big and too strong. You can be a racist and be for the separation of church and state. Effectively, there are many political issues where being racist would have minimal influence on your stance.

    However, judging people strictly on the color of their skin tends to suggest that you don't you don't think your stances through.