It has been a hilarious week of racism, folks.
Not that racism is a laughing matter, but, sometimes you just can’t help it.
First off, a week ago Clivern Bundy was compared to Rosa Parks. Then, after his much talked-about stand against the federal government, we find out that he’s not only a freeloading deadbeat rancher, he’s also racist. But the jokes didn’t stop there. Today, Bundy not only compared himself to Rosa Parks, but he blamed Martin Luther King Jr. for his best rendition of General Nathan Bedford Forest as he educated his supporters on “the Negro,” and the benefit of slavery to said Negro.
“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.”
You know, because “the Negro” was perhaps a lot happier during slavery. Because, well, everybody knows that there’s something about being forced to pick cotton for free that reinforces a strong work ethic and the pristine family values we can come to expect from Conservatives.
To Bundy, this shouldn’t be viewed as offensive by anyone.
Even worse is that while doubling down on the comment, Bundy asked the New York Times to retract his quote because according to him, he never said it. Which is especially hilarious given that it was all caught on tape. Didn’t this fool know that everything is caught on tape today?
Watch the video below:
Seriously, if the black folks to whom Bundy is referring in those Las Vegas projects were that unhappy, the problem wasn’t because of not ever having to live in slavery picking cotton. Trust me, black folks would have been a lot happier today if Bundy’s ancestors — and by extension all white folks — had picked their own damn cotton. Real talk: Black people going to jail has everything to do with institutionalized racism as a result of having picked cotton. — it’s just slavery by another name.
But, but, but wait it gets worse!
While many right-wing talking heads and politicians are distancing themselves from America’s latest white freedom fighter, someone actually found a black guy who works for Bundy who was brave enough to say that he’ll “take a bullet,” for Bundy; and that Bundy was not racist because he treats him well. Yep, clearly the blue-eyed white Jesus thing has had some of us worshiping whiteness. I guarantee you, this brother would not have been the one to tell about plans to escape slavery.
(And yes, I’m looking at you Allen West, Herman Cain, and Jesse Lee Peterson et al.)
CNN’s Dan Simon noticed Jason Bullock, a six-year Army veteran who serves as one of Bundy’s bodyguards, hanging around at the Nevada ranch. Simon asked Bullock whether he found Bundy’s remarks about blacks and slavery offensive.
“Mr. Bundy is not a racist,” he told CNN. “Ever since I’ve been here, he’s treated me with nothing but hospitality. He’s pretty much treating me just like his own family.”
“I would take a bullet for that man if need be. I look up to him just like I do my own grandfather,” he added. “I believe in his cause and after having met Mr. Bundy a few times, I have a really good feel about him and I’m a pretty good judge of character.”
Moving right along…
Did you hear the latest about Glen Miller? He’s not exactly a household name thanks to Bundy’s antics in recent weeks. However, he is the former Klu Klux Klan leader who went on a rampage out in Overland Park, Kansas. A few weeks ago Miller decided to go on a shooting spree and kill a few Jews. Of course he wound up killing three Christians instead and is now sitting in a Kansas jail cell awaiting trial. This week, thanks to WTVD an interesting tidbit about Miller’s has surfaced.
ABC11 I-Team started digging into Miller’s time in the Raleigh area, we made a rather startling discovery. In the 1980s, the avowed white supremacist, anti-Semite, and anti-homosexual was caught by police in an unlikely compromised situation with a black prostitute who was really a man.
[…] In the 1980s, Raleigh police caught him in the backseat of a car engaged in a sex act with a prostitute – a prostitute who was a black man dressed as a woman.
How in the hell you’re going to be a KKK leader and you’re out there buying head from black men?
The report goes on to explain that Miller was never prosecuted for the incident. It is likely that with the incident occurring during the time he was a snitch for the feds, he was given a pass. I mean, having the reputation as a snitch is pretty bad especially when it involves taking down your white supremacist pals. There was no need to compound matters by exposing him as a closet homosexual who happened to appreciate the oral pleasures of black men dressed in drag.
If this week in racism has taught us anything, it is that racism can be funny when the hypocrisy of the ignorant among us is exposed. You know, sort of like Sean Hannity (the pot) calling out Clivern Bundy (the kettle) for being
a much older and less wealthy version of himself racist?