Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is being hailed as a hero and patriot in his stand-off with the Federal Government over cattle grazing in Nevada by most white conservatives in the media and across the nation as well as by many in the Republican party, a mostly white dominated party in America.
The 67-year-old white rancher recent comments about race again remind the world, global blacks in particular, about the age long American ailment of race obsession which has taking a worse turn since the coming of the Obama presidency.
Bundy’s bigoted mindset recently poured out the following statements according to the New York Times. “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he stated. 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.”
Bundy’s statements expose the thinking of race in America even at a time when the new multicultural America under president Obama is overpowering the dwindling culture of White power and influence in continental America.
Bundy and his mostly white militias in military fatigues, patrolling the land, reminds America of the old slavery times when blacks rather than cattle where the center of dispute with the federal government.
Bundy’s injection of Blacks in his dispute with the federal government who accused him of refusing to pay grazing fees $1 million is again revealing of how Blacks are being used by white extremists to play out their anti-government sentiments.
It is now very clear that the protection of Blacks in race conscious America through civil rights rulings have become more profound under the first black American U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder in the Obama presidency.
It is no exaggeration to suggest that built-in-anger has widened among some whites like Bundy with the election and the re-election of Barack Obama to the office of President of the United States. The so called stand off by Bundy’s armed supporters with the federal rangers could in fact be a symbolic extension of the pains, tears and anger showed by many of Mitt Romney’s supporters during the 2012 Presidential election when he lost to a black or multiracial man, Barack Hussein Obama.
The anger being shown by Bundy and his supporters reminds us of the students at University of Mississippi who took to the streets to voice their racial anger and prejudices over Obama’s win.
The persistent racial inequality in America will no doubt continue but as the nation turns more black and brown the white extremists will need to start learning new cultural and coping skills under our ever expanding and diverse America.
Written By John Egbeazien,