Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old Nevada rancher who was in the spotlight for grazing his cattle on federal lands, made a statement last week about "the Negro":
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro...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.”
You can read more about Bundy and his comments in The New York Times' "A Defiant Rancher Savors the Audience That Rallied to His Side" and MEDIAite's "Cliven Bundy Defends ‘Negro’ Comments in Incredibly Bizarre Press Conference."
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