Cliven Bundy Doubles Down on His Racism and Blames Martin Luther King Jr.

Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks during a news conference near his ranch April 24, 2014, in Bunkerville, Nev. The Bureau of Land Management and Bundy have been locked in a dispute for a couple of decades over grazing rights on public lands. 
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Fresh off the heels of showing just how racist he is, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is continuing his week of “let me insert my foot in my mouth.” Bundy is now making media rounds to defend his statements about the “Negro.”

Speaking with CNN, Bundy didn’t cut any corners when it came to defending himself by saying, “No, I’m not a racist.” Remember, folks, this is pretty much what racists typically start out saying, and it’s usually followed by “I have black friends.”


If that wasn’t enough, Bundy had the audacity to blame his comments on Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

"Maybe I sinned, and maybe I need to ask forgiveness, and maybe I don’t know what I actually said, but when you talk about prejudice, we’re talking about not being able to exercise what we think. … If I say Negro or black boy or slave, if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be [offended], then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done yet,” he told CNN, adding, “We need to get over this prejudice stuff.”


This prejudice stuff?

Well, let’s start off by not calling people Negroes and referring to slavery as a good thing, OK?


Also, maybe Bundy forgot that the reason Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t finish his job is that there was this assassination thing that happened.

Bundy also went on to say that King would have wanted Parks to sit anywhere on a bus. Bundy said, “I want her to sit anywhere in the bus, and I want to sit next to her anywhere in the bus.” Someone please inform Bundy that Rosa Parks is dead. Bundy obviously is breathing in way too much of the manure on his ranch.


And guess who’s still not popular on social media today?

In America we have freedom of speech, so, sure, Bundy is free to think however he wants, but the flipside of that exists also. People are free to call out racists when they see them.


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Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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