Federal police say that Cliven Bundy has been illegally grazing his herd on federal land since 1993. Acting on a court order, the Bureau of Land Management tried to seize some of Bundy’s herd. Bundy also claims that he does not recognize the United States government and reserves for himself the right to ignore laws and court orders he doesn’t like.
Fox news reveres him as a “patriot” and a “hero”. Let that marinate in your mind for a minute.
Nothing good will follow when someone starts off with the words, “I want to tell you one more thing about the Negro”. According to Adam Nagourney at the New York Times, Bundy said:
“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.”
In my personal opinion, anyone who thinks that Black, or “the Negro”, people were better off under chattel slavery have never read a slave narrative. It goes without saying that Cliven Bundy’s knowledge about “the Negro” is rooted in pure ignorance. Pointing out each ridiculous claim and negating it is a fruitless endeavor. We all know that not every single Black person in America lives in a public-housing project; not every Black person in America lives off of government cheese; not every Black person in America abort their young children.
However, Bundy’s closing comment struck a chord within me, despite the racist overtones of his “argument”.
“They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Is he wrong? The American prison system is filled with young Black men. The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy overwhelmingly targeted Blacks. Trayvon Martin – all I have to do is say that name to make a point. There are dozens of other examples that have been discussed ad nauseum good and well by other writers. But the question that I’m building up to is: are we truly as free as we think we are?