“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.”

Later after Cliven asked his statements be recants a transcript of the interview was released.  Does it give his words another context?

“I’m wondering if they’re better off under a government subsidy and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail and their older women and children are sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do.

I’m wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were when they were slaves and they was able to their family structure together and the chickens and the garden and the people have something to do.

So in my mind, are they better off being slaves in that sense or better off being slaves to the United States government in the sense of the subsidy. I’m wondering. The statement was right. I am wondering.”

The Q

There you have it folks.  What let’s left to say?  These are the words from the Right Wing’s new golden boy Cliven Bundy. 

Cliven gained notoriety recently when the Bureau of Land Management said Bundy accumulated a cattle graze fee up to $1 million after not paying since 1993.  When the feds came for their coins, Bundy was having none of it. An armed militia was waiting and a tense standoff occurred.  This got the entire right-wing’s panties wet. You know they live for this cowboy shyt.

Well he’s using his fame to let us know that he’s got some ideas for how this country should be run and his first order of business will be getting these n*ggas back to picking cotton. #BreaksOver

Now all those conservative politicians that embraced him and Let Him Through are trying to distance themselves from him.  They had no idea he’d just start telling the media their bizness and start keeping up mess like this. (“You pinkie swore!”)

I say Bring Him through though. I mean, if this is what you’re talking about with your new political buddies then please tell us more.

I think the worst thing about this is the fact that yes, there’s obviously a poverty problem in America.  But the very first suggestion one of these racists-in-denial has is to revert back to a practice that hasn’t been done in America in 200 years.  I mean, if you’re going to have us in shackles could we at least get a new fuQQing job?  That’s not even how we get cotton anymore. 

We’re gonna laugh at these statements and next week forget them, but don’t forget this. Many of our government officials feel exactly the way he feels.  The only value that African Americans have to this country is as its kept labor. He listed no other solution to poverty in the black community except slavery.  That’s deep.

Please notice that whenever Bundy referred to them he always said “They..They..They.”  Inclusion is an illusion when it comes to some. I won’t say all of them think this way, but way too many do. In all fairness, he did seem deeply concerned.  Like he wanted to help.  Like he didn’t like seeing us looking sad on our porches with nothing to do and hey, he’s got an idea.  How about you negros pick me some cotton. How do you even respond to that?


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Vitamin Q (VQ) is a writer, blogger personality, and a social commentator. He irreverently analyzes how social issues affect individuals in modern society by using sarcasm, humor, and intellect, creating his own unique blend of Southern SHADE, purely for the purpose of helping like minds cope. “I say it so you don’t have to!”
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