Cliven Bundy’s ‘better off as slaves’ remark about blacks draws fire

LAS VEGAS — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s battle against the federal government over land rights took an unexpected detour after a newspaper quoted the 67-year-old grandfather suggesting African Americans were “better off as slaves” because slavery taught work skills and enhanced family life.

Bundy, who has waged a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, insisting he has a right to graze hundreds of head of cattle on public lands without paying fees, has been surrounded by citizen militias that have converged on his ranch in rural Bunkerville after armed federal officials moved in to remove Bundy’s cattle.

The BLM called off the roundup and released the cattle, but says the matter is not over. Bundy and his supporters are awaiting the government’s next move.

Over the weekend, Bundy spoke to supporters about general issues involved in the standoff. Suddenly, he took a turn and began discoursing on African Americans and public welfare.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said in comments quoted by the New York Times. He 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.”

He added: “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.”

Conservative lawmakers in Washington, who have so far supported Bundy, have blasted his remarks, including Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who had previously referred to the gray-haired rancher as a patriot.

Heller “completely disagrees with Bundy’s appalling and racist statements and condemns them in the most strenuous way,” his office said.

But some Bundy supporters remained undeterred.

“His statements were not a criticism of blacks. They criticized the federal government,” said Brandon Rapolla, a concrete mixer from Oregon who spent eight days at the ranch. “I’ve met the Bundys, and that’s not who they are.”

Rapolla said he has posted Bundy’s remarks on social media. If people read them, he said, they will understand his point.

“It’s not racism,” he said. “People are trying to divide us on this issue. This is about the federal government, not anything else.”

Nevada’s other senator, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has called Bundy’s supporters “domestic terrorists,” denounced Bundy’s remarks.

“I used to live in North Las Vegas and it is home to some of the hardest-working people I have ever met — men and women who embody the American dream by working hard every day to build a better life for themselves and their families,” Reid, a Democrat, said in a statement.

“By contrast, Cliven Bundy has spent decades profiting off government land while refusing to pay the same fair use fees as his fellow ranchers. Today, Bundy revealed himself to be a hateful racist. But by denigrating people who work hard and play by the rules while he mooches off public land he also revealed himself to be a hypocrite.”

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-nevada-rancher-bundy-slaves-20140424,0,4670278.story#ixzz2zrQfCj4U

Protecting press freedom is about `our way of life,’ says CY

Media freedom will remain a Hong Kong bastion and the number one strength for the SAR, the chief executive said yesterday.

Leung Chun-ying, speaking at the opening of the Publish Asia 2014 conference organized by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, said media freedom and freedom of speech underpin the territory’s stability and prosperity and can never be undermined.

His comments came just a day after the Hong Kong Journalists Association released the first press freedom index for the SAR, which showed the level is low.

“While the local and global media landscape has changed dramatically in recent decades, our commitment to maintaining a free flow of information and ideas through a lively, vocal and unfettered media continues to be a top priority for me and my government,” Leung said.

 

 

http://thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&art_id=144849&sid=42122129&con_type=1&d_str=20140425&fc=8

Duke’s mind control campaign looks to banning words and phrases

Duke University’s “You Don’t Say?” campaign totally hits the nail on the head; it’s the 21st century, and there’s some sh*t you just shouldn’t say anymore because it’s offensive and harmful to certain communities.

Through black and white images, the campaign highlights some seemingly “harmless” phrases often spoken to serve as a funny one-liner or emphatic end to a story.

But as the campaign shows, saying things like “no homo” and “don’t be a pussy” aren’t cool — instead, those phrases carry much deeper meanings and implications for the people they, meaning to or not, mention.

The posters always follow up with reasons it’s wrong to say these things, citing that the “no homo” epithet “delegitimizes love and sexual identities.” Similarly, something like calling someone a “bitch” insists that “femininity is inherently negative.”

These posters prompt people to stop and think for a moment about the implications of our words, and how even casually-thrown around phrases can be damaging to how society views people, or how those people think about themselves and the support they’re receiving from others.

“You don’t say” couldn’t be more right. Why don’t we stop saying this sort of stuff forever?

http://elitedaily.com/news/world/dukes-dont-say-campaign-looks-eliminate-offensive-sayings-every-day-speak-photos-2/

 

 

 

It’s good to be anti-Islam

 

…but not anti-Muslim.

Christians burned alive, beheaded, crucified and tortured to death
http://endoftheamericandream.com/arch…

Articulate 11 year-old Yemeni girl flees home and disowns her family for trying to marry her off.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J7_T…

Islamic child marriage spelled out by an Islamic lunatic on Arab TV. The girl’s statement at the end should be broadcast around the world
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXesp…

Islington girls forced into marriage at the age of nine
http://www.islingtontribune.com/news/…

Mainstream Islam sanctions female “circumcision”
http://www.andrewbostom.org/blog/2014…

A weak establishment is letting Islamists threaten British freedoms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknew…

BBC’s Panorama claims Islamic schools teach anti-Semitism and homophobia
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2010…

“Imams promote grooming rings”, Muslim leader claims
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknew…

East London Mosque hosts a rally for terrorist lovers
http://hurryupharry.org/2013/02/05/ea…

“Undercover Mosque” blew the lid on what goes on in mosques
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercov…

Watch “Undercover Mosque” on Vimeo
http://vimeo.com/19598947

What goes on in a mosque: Evidence from America
http://lawandfreedomfoundation.org/20…

Islam’s religious war with everyone
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgre…