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The wisdom of Hank Aaron and Clive Bundy

Same Generation
Same Generation

While on the surface, Clive Bundy’s perceptions on inner-city poverty were despicable, but he has some valid observations. One must simply ask the question: “Did he see multiple residences with people sitting idly, and do inner city children have the challenges he perceives?” This is the real issue: not whether an old man said something in a way that is “politically incorrect”. Granted, if Mr. Bundy were a professional politician, this Writer would expect more decorum, but experience has taught said writer to put on a few filters when listening to the elderly and glean the nuggets of wisdom that only comes with experience

Clive Bundy is a man who gets up in the morning thinking of how to make the day beneficial for his family, it isn't bigoted to perceive people sitting around as "wasteful". This isn't bigotry, its an observation from a man with a strong work ethic. Calling blacks "Negro" may not be politically correct, but it's certainly "polite" when one considers Bundys age, and the era in which he grew up.. It certainly is preferable to Jesse Jackson calling poor blacks “nig**rs “ . The latter illustrating the hypocrisy of the progressives- Mr Bundys’ real sin is being a Caucasian Cowboy noting the breakdown within the poor dynamic and addressing it in a manner that that singled out what he actually saw. A professional communicator would have proffered the thought better, but Mr. Bundy isn’t a professional communicator. He’s a cowboy who sees daylight as an opportunity to work, and peoples talents as their greatest asset. To waste either of these is a sin, and to waste both is anathema.

A man with this strong work ethic sees work as vital as the freedom to work. While his verbiage was course, contained some stereo-types, it was compassionate towards a dynamic he believed had been damaged by government policies by removing the incentive to be self-sufficient. It took some effort, but this writer found a comparison of what is being reported Mr. Bundy said, and what Mr. Bundy actually said.

This is the text for what Mr. Bundy was teaching:

“What I’m testifying to you is I was in the [inaudible] riot. I seen the beginning fire and I saw the last fire. What I seen is civil and certain disturbance. People were not happy, people thinking they don’t have their freedom- and they DIDN’T have them. We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and we sure don’t want to go back. We sure don’t want these colored people to have to go back, we sure don’t want these Mexican people to go back to that point: and we can make a difference right now by taking care of these bureaucracies; and do it in a peaceful way.

Let me talk to you about the Mexicans, and these are just things I know about them that they (the bureaucracies in context) don’t know. I want to tell you one more thing about the Negro, when I go through Las Vegas, North las Vegas, and I would see these little government houses, and in front of that government house the door was usually open, and the older people and the kids, and there’s 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 those young girls to do.Because they were on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, they never learned how to pick cotton- and I’ve often wondered if they’re better off as slaves picking cotton and having a better life, or are they better off on a government subsidies? [Living on subsidies] they have less freedom, less of a family life, and you could see on their faces they weren’t happy sitting on that concrete sidewalk. [Inaudible because of background noise] would probably be growing their turnips. So that’s all government [in context: doing this to these people], that’s not freedom.

Now let me talk about the Spanish people. Now I understand that they come over here against our Constitution, they cross our borders, but they’re here; and they’re people; and I’ve worked side by side with a lot of them. Don’t tell me they don’t work, don’t tell me they don’t pay taxes; and don’t tell me they don’t have better family structure than us white people. When you see those Mexican failies, they’re together and picnic together, they’re spending their time together; and I’ll tell you: in my way of thinking they’re awful nice people. And we need to have those people join us to be with us. Not come to a party”

Now compare that with Baseball great Hank Aarons statement that was also recently labeled as “racist”:

"To remind myself," Aaron tells USA TODAY Sports, "that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record. If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There's not a whole lot that has changed.

"We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he's treated.

"We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country.

"The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."

BOTH of these gentlemen come from an age when the nation was accepting the humanity of each other. This is the generation that repudiated Jim Crow and Segregation (two dynamics, by the way the Progressives are attempting to perpetuate to this very day). It is apparent that twisting the words of these two men is happening because people are A. Too sensitive for straight talk and B. Looking to diminish anyone who disagrees with their political philosophy.

Remember these gentlemen represent the generation that did integrate schools, created new friendships, brought strangers together as brothers all around the nation. This writer has recited in detail how his father, who shares the generation with Misters Aaron and Bundy made a point to teach his children that race doesn’t preclude Constitutional rights. It’s important to understand these gentlemen all wrestled with stereo-types, but were willing to do so in an effort to meet Dr. Kinds challenge to desegregate and appreciate fellow Americans based on the content of their character, rather than the color of their skins. These two men are a peek into the windows of those who accepted Dr Kings challenge and taught their children in a manner that didn’t include the idea of segregation and bigotry.

Instead of focusing on the politically incorrect verbiage of these elderly gentlemen, Americans would do well to understand where they came from, and the compassion they have developed for those who separate themselves based on the amount of melanin in their dna:

instead of attacking a couple of old men who speak plainly.