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"Blacks were better off under slavery “picking cotton.”~ Cliven Bundy
Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy (FACEBOOK)
AURN) -- A conservative Nevada rancher has faced a firetorm of criticism after sputtering shockingly racist statments about Blacks this week. Cliven Bundy has been caught up in legal battle with the federal government in a dispute usage fees for his cattle which graze on public land.
Inn a hastily called press conference on the matter this week, Bundy refers to black people as “the Negro” and recalling a time when he drove past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas and saw black people who “didn’t have nothing to do.”
He also suggested that 'the Negro may be 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 Bundy family issued a statement on its Facebook page saying Bundy is a “good man, he loves all people, he is not a racist man.”
Bundy has been holding news conferences daily after the Bureau of Land Management and contractors began rounding up his cattle. The dispute centers on Bundy's refusal to pay grazing fees to the tune of some 1-million dollars.
Bundy says he doesn’t recognize federal authority over lands his cattle have grazed for years around his Virgin River melon farm and ranch, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
At least one Black conservative pundit has expressed outrage over Bundy's comments. Crystyal Wright, Editor of ConservativeBlackChick.com tweeted:
There are lots of fed laws I'd like to break like #BundyRanch but I bet if I got up on horse w/gun+black supporters, I'd be arrested.— Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) April 25, 2014
Another Twitter user said:
Politicians who had defended Bundy quickly issued statements condemning the remarks.
“His remarks on race are offensive, and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” said Sen. Rand Paul, once a vocal supporter of Bundy who is considering a run for president.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last week called Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists,” also spoke out against Bundy’s words.
“Today, Bundy revealed himself to be a hateful racist,” Reid said. “But by denigrating people who work hard and play by the rules while he mooches off public land, he also revealed himself to be a hypocrite.”
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