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Cliven Bundy blames MLK for any offense over his remarks on slavery

Cliven Bundy seemed to blame MLK over any offense created by his recent remarks on slavery.
Photo by David Becker

Today Nevada Rancher Clive Bundy attempted to some damage control in an interview on CNN over his remarks on slavery today. However, Bundy may have only dug himself into a deeper hole by blaming Martin Luther King Jr. for any offense over his remarks on slavery.

Referencing his own remarks on slavery in the CNN interview today, Bundy said,

If I say 'negro' or 'black boy' or 'slave,' I'm not -- if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offensive (sic) then Martin Luther King hasn't got his job done yet."

Of course, MLK is considered the preeminent leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America, so Bundy's transfer of blame to King is curious to say the least.

After the CNN interviewer, Chris Cuomo, suggested that MLK's message was opposed to the kind of slavery Bundy discussed, Bundy did suggest that he may be in the wrong saying,

Maybe I sinned and maybe I need to ask forgiveness … but you know when you talk about prejudice, we're talking about not being able to exercise what we think and are feeling."

In the last quote Bundy seems to be conflating prejudice based on race with the criticism he is facing over his comments. The right to say what one is thinking does not include the right not be criticized.

In an interview Bundy gave on Thursday, the rancher discussed his thoughts on "the Negro." Bundy mused that African-Americans may be "better off as slaves, picking cotton" then being on "government subsidy."