The New York Times decided to do a hit piece on Cliven Bundy and in doing so they used the usual tricks: They edited Bundy's comments. Now the Nevada rancher is being smeared in the media as a racist due to the dishonorable coverage by the New York Times and others. So, in the spirit of fairness and truthfulness in media, here's the complete unedited video remarks of Cliven Bundy, which don't contain racist comments at all, but rather very pro-black and pro-Mexican comments. See for yourself.
Here is the full text of Bundy's comments:
…" and so what I've testified to ya', I was in the WATTS riot, I seen the beginning fire and I seen the last fire. What I seen is civil disturbance. People are not happy, people is thinking they did not have their freedom; they didn't have these things, and they didn't have them.
We've progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and sure don't want to go back; we sure don't want the colored people to go back to that point; we sure don't want the Mexican people to go back to that point; and we can make a difference right now by taking care of some of these bureaucracies, and do it in a peaceful way.
Let me tell.. talk to you about the Mexicans, and these are just things I know about the negroes. I want to tell you one more thing I know about the negro.
When I go, went, go to Las Vegas, North Las Vegas; and I would see these little government houses, and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids…. and there was 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 the kids to do. They didn't have nothing for the 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, they never learned how to pick cotton. And I've often wondered are they were better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things? Or are they better off under government subsidy?
You know they didn't get more freedom, uh they got less freedom – they got less family life, and their happiness -you could see it in their faces- they were not happy sitting on that concrete sidewalk. Down there they was probably growing their turnips – so that's all government, that's not freedom.
Now, let me talk about the Spanish people. You know I understand that they come over here against our constitution and cross our borders. But they're here and they're people – and I've worked side-by-side a lot of them.
Don't tell me they don't work, and don't tell me they don't pay taxes. And don't tell me they don't have better family structure than most of us white people. When you see those Mexican families, they're together, they picnic together, they're spending their time together, and I'll tell you in my way of thinking they're awful nice people.
And we need to have those people join us and be with us…. not, not come to our party.
Now, here's the edited version that the New York Times reported:
In case you weren't paying attention, the terms "negro" and "colored people" are not racist terms. Those with more melanin in their skin have throughout history referred to themselves as such. They certainly aren't "African American."
Bundy was merely pointing out the plight of black families in the US, something that our friend David Risselada has done countless times, including today in his excellent article.
His comments about Mexicans were not racist either, but rather pro-family.
Surely "conservatives" came to Bundy's aid though, right? Not according to Conservative Treehouse. Sundance writes, "What's more sad than the refusal to openly discuss the issues – is how quickly the conservative right is willing to throw Bundy to the wolves based solely on the New York Times and Media Matters opinion."
Sundance also wrote, "Are the remarks controversial? Yes, however – No more so than the remarks made by Shirley Sherrod. The left rose quickly in their defense of Shirley Sherrod. In this case the left rose quickly in the attack against Cliven Bundy."
Bundy is exactly right to point out the issue of children murdered by abortion in the black community. Sadly, many in the black community don't recognize that they continue to elect their oppressors to office.
Mr. Bundy's comments are anything but racist, but this is how the progressives in this country operate. They pull sound bites in order to create a non-story, to inflame those who will never dig deeper than what they are given. At least in this article, you can make a fair judgment for yourself, and if you simply watch the entire comments of Cliven Bundy, you will never come to the conclusion that he is a racist.