Clive Bundy has made some really inflammatory comments in the last few weeks. These comments took him from conservative media darling to pariah with most news outlets, politicians, and indeed most Americans calling him a racist.http://www.southernparty.org/5-american-freedoms-that-have-been-lost/
But is Clive Bundy a racist? He denies it and here is proof that maybe he isn’t the racist rancher that he’s be painted.
He Made Some very Sympathetic Comments that didn’t get much Air Time
Few members of the press seem to be discussing Bundy’s comments on the Watts Riots. These are a clear indication that he is a man with sympathy and concern for the plight of minority Americans. Unfortunately, these comments were dismissed because Clive Bundy is old, and white, and lives a rural lifestyle.
“I was in the Watts riots. I seen the beginning fire and I seen the last fire. What I seen was civil disturbance, people were not happy. People thinking they don’t have freedom, didn’t have these things — and they didn’t have them. We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and we sure don’t want to go back. We sure don’t want these 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….”
Much of what Clive Bundy says here is what is espoused by intellectuals and civil rights leaders.
His Comments about African American People
He used some pretty old-fashioned language, but let’s get real. The guy is no spring chicken. He comes from an era where “negro” was put on the birth certificates of black children. If it was an acceptable term for the medical profession, why isn’t it one he can use? Additionally, he lives in a somewhat insular part of the country where his contact with African Americans is very limited if not non-existent, so it’s likely no one took him aside and mentioned the term has fallen out of fashion with the politically correct set.
He’s a Rancher, Not a Trained Public Speaker
When you listen to his comments objectively, it seems that he was trying to say African Americans have not been treated particularly well since the Emancipation Proclamation. This is a point that most social scientist would agree with; the African American population have been treated poorly throughout the entire history of our country. Denied good education opportunities, denied the right for a long time to own property and amass and pass on generational wealth, and frequently having their rights denied them through the Justice System.
Bundy is a simple rancher from a rural area and like many people who are not professional speakers, he struggles to express himself in an eloquent way. What he meant when he spoke about African Americans and welfare was that African Americans have been denied the right to succeed—much like when they were enslaved. Clive Bundy is a good man who speaks honestly if not well and that has been used against him. Clearly, he is more comfortable standing up for his rights against the BLM than he is fielding the clever questions of New York Time’s journalist or navigating press conferences.