Saturday, April 26, 2014
Response to Cliven Bundy: Why is it you never hear conservative American Christians stating that white people receiving government assistance would be better off as slaves?
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Cliven Bundy: 'I'm Not a Racist'
By Wanda Carruthers
25 Apr 2014
In an attempt at an apology for remarks about race, embattled Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy said Friday he was "not a racist."
Bundy expressed his regrets by citing civil rights icons the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks on CNN's "New Day," and began the interview by stating, "No, I'm not a racist."
A battle with the federal government over grazing rights brought Bundy to national attention when he faced down armed agents from the Bureau of Land Management as they seized several hundred of his cattle.
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The government's overreach prompted a groundswell of support from people across the country. The New York Times then reported Bundy's remarks about race in which he wondered if blacks were better off as slaves or living on government assistance.
While Bundy, 67, admitted that he might not be aware of "what I actually said," he said that perhaps he had "sinned" and needed "to ask forgiveness."
...Bundy called the criticism of his words on race a form of prejudice.
"We're talking about not being able to exercise what we think in our feelings. We don't have freedom to say what we want.
"If I say Negro or black boy or slave, if those people cannot take those kinds of words and not be offensive, then Martin Luther King doesn't have his job done yet," he said.