Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who has fought a credible battle against the the tyranny of the federal government, which has tried to restrict the land his cattle can graze on, has taken apparently recently taken his focus off of the intrusion of federal government and paused to weigh in on what he thinks of Black Americans:
“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.”- Cliven Bundy
I don’t know if Cliven Bundy is sincerely racist at heart, but I can definitely see how one would arrive to that conclusion.
Racism is defined:
“A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”
His comments do suggest that he sees Blacks as innately inferior to White Americans and seeks to prove this idea by referencing the tragic social ills that are represented disproportionately in many Black communities, albeit not exclusively.
In effect, his remarks were demonstrative of pure racism, in terms of legal definition and (historical) social practice. I am coming from a place of “emotionalism”- lest anyone accuse to the contrary- but critical analysis of the meaning of the word ‘racism’ and its practical application.
What I do know, per Mr. Bundy’s own words, is that this man is clearly anti intellectual, as well as historally and culturally incompetent.
To contemplate whether any human being- regardless of that person’s ethnic/cultural identity- is better off without any liberty whatsoever is pure stupidity, frankly.
So, is Mr. Bundy is “racist”? I am not sure. I don’t know enough about his overall body of work as a human being to determine that.
However, I know what the Word of God says:
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.“- Mark 7:21-23
Whether Mr. Bundy is a true racist or not, he is definitely guilty of truly evil thoughts towards Black Americans and is obviously has his own need of a Savior. One who is neither Black or White, but Spiritual.
Furthermore, while there are certainly some social ills that are, sadly, disproportionately endemic in Black communities, the notion of White Americans being morally and intellectually superior and needing to possibly re-enslave Blacks as the solution is truly ludicrous.
No ethnic/cultural group in this nation has a moral high ground over another. For every ill he can point out about Black Americans, there are ills to be addressed among White Americans and every American.
I can think of a number of more appropriate solutions to the aforementioned social endemics noted among Black Americans in particular and Americans in general.
The following are but a few:
- Expansion of school choice
- National Right to Work Legislation
- A National Life At Conception Act
- A National Marriage Protection Act
I am disappointed that some conservatives are quick to defend Mr. Bundy’s rhetoric on the basis of sharing some views with him about the role of government.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
When we provide a cheering section for such ill thinking, under the false guise of shared political values, we do ourselves and the one guilty of ill thinking a great disservice.
If conservatives want to be looked upon as credible servant-leaders, it is important to keep the moral high ground, particularly when those we share common values are guilty of such gross ignorance.
This issue is not worth any long term distraction, in light of all we face in our nation, but it is worth reminding one another of that vital lesson:
Judge a man by the content of his character and not the color of his skin.
God willing, Mr. Bundy will soon be mindful of such an important lesson. May the Lord help him.