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New York Times paints Clive Bundy as a pro-slavery racist

The New York Times wants you to know that Clive Bundy is a racist that thinks black people were better off as slaves. This is a perfect example of a newspaper running left-wing commentary and agit-prop as a “news piece.”

From New York Times…

Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.

But if the federal government has moved on, Mr. Bundy — a father of 14 and a registered Republican — has not.

He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.

“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.”

Below is a political poster from Pennsylvania at the end of the Civil War. It attacks the Freedman’s Bureau, claiming that white people would have to work harder to provide black people with free food and clothing. The poster says this will teach the black race bad habits that would endure indefinitely. Many books were written in the second half of the 19th century detailing the dramatic decline of job training among blacks. Prior to the emancipation proclamation, the average black male had significant formal job training. Not just in agriculture, but a large variety of fields. Formal job training among blacks rapidly declined rapidly after the Civil War.

Today, blacks use any given welfare programs, on average, at 6 times the white white. Even though blacks only make up 13% of the population, there are more black people on welfare than white people. Blacks also stay on welfare, on average, far longer than whites. One reason that so many inner city areas became all black, is because the inner city is where the most benefits could be had.

On average, majority black public schools receive more money that majority white public schools. This is especially true when you look at figures within  a single state. For example, the average per pupil expenditure in Mississippi is much lower than the national average. However the average per pupil expenditure at a majority black Mississippi public school is still significantly higher than that of a majority white public school in Mississippi. This happens all over the US, despite the fact that most of the tax revenue comes from white people.

Public school districts in Washington DC, St. Louis, and Kansas City are among the most well funded public schools in the entire world. However, the students are drawn largely from families on welfare or have low incomes. The funding comes from white taxpayers who’s children do not go to the school. Academic performance is atrocious at these schools, showing that increased funding has had no effect or even a negative effect on performance. If Washington DC was a state, it would have the most well funded public schools and the worst academic performance of any state. It would also have the highest percentage of black public school students of any state.

So is Clive Bundy justified in blaming the Federal government for creating such a large population of blacks who’s lives revolve around welfare programs? Did the dire predictions of this 1865 anti-Freedman’s Bureau poster come true?

Anti-Freedman’s Bureau poster from Pennsylvania. Do you think the predictions made in the poster came true?