Despite the war over the public land in Nevada being far from over, it appears as though Cliven Bundy may have shot himself in the foot with his latest comments. Sure to make most Bundy supporters cringe, Bundy recently went on quite the rant regarding, “the negro.”
Recently speaking with the New York Times, the Nevada rancher may just have overstepped his bounds. According to the Times:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled 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?” he asked. “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.”
His remarks have certainly sparked quite the controversy as those publicly backing the man are starting to slink back into the shadows. According to Mediaite, “after the comment, Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) condemned the remarks and Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott backed away from Bundy. (Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) office said Paul was “unavailable for comment.”)”
So what do you guys think – too far or was Bundy hitting at a valid point, just perhaps going about the wrong way of doing it? Let us know your thoughts in a comment below.