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'Better off as slaves': So wonders Cliven Bundy about black people

by Richard Hall Modified: April 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014
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Cliven Bundy has gone from obscurity to the center of a political tug-of-war, and he’s embracing every bit of the attention he’s getting.

Problem is, now he’s done opened his mouth and shoved his foot firmly in it by saying things like this bit about black people on “government subsidies”:

“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.”


Here’s some video with more of Bundy’s comments on blacks and other political issues:

Bundy tried to clarify his comments after the video and New York Times piece spread:

I’m wondering if they’re better off under a government subsidy and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail and their older women and children are sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do.

I’m wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were when they were slaves and they was able to their family structure together and the chickens and the garden and the people have something to do.

So in my mind, are they better off being slaves in that sense or better off being slaves to the United States government in the sense of the subsidy. I’m wondering. The statement was right. I am wondering.


I don’t think his “clarification” worked very well.

by Richard Hall
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Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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