Prior to slavery comments, Bundy said minority groups are ‘against us’

 

Prior to Cliven Bundy's now-infamous remarks about whether black people were better off as slaves, the controversial Nevada rancher recalled what he described as the days when "Negro" groups rioted in Los Angeles. He also suggested that minorities are against his cause.

At the same time, he offered a somewhat impassioned defense of illegal immigrants from Mexico, praising them for their family structures and hard work.

In video of the entire speech, which was obtained first by the Washington Post and shot by someone who describes himself as a Bundy supporter, Bundy said that he "hardly ever" saw a black person until he was almost a teenager and also noted that he is surrounded today by white faces.

"Where is our colored brother? Where is our Mexican brother? Where is our Chinese -- where are they?" Bundy said. "They're just as much American as we are, and they're not with us. If they're not with us, they're going to be against us."

Bundy then recalled the time he worked on the east side of Los Angeles during the Watts riots of 1965. He said he sought refuge in a hotel when things got particularly dicey.

"About two blocks south of Harbor Freeway, they were setting the world on fire," Bundy said. "And who was setting it on fire? It wasn't We the People. It was the Negro groups -- people theirself were setting their own city on fire and raping their own city and stealing from their own city."

Bundy recalled that, as he was leaving the city, two cars full of what he called "black boys" pulled up alongside him. He said he later took an exit and got off the freeway.

Before making the comments that made news Thursday, Bundy tied up his point, saying the riots resulted from people not having their freedoms. He said the country needs to avoid returning to those days.

"We've progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and we sure don't want to go back," Bundy said. "We sure don't want these colored people to have to go back to that point. 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 some of these bureaucracies and do it in a peaceful way."

At this point, Bundy began the comments first reported in the New York Times.

Immediately following those comments, Bundy launched into a defense of Latino immigrants, and particularly their family structure.

Here's his full comment:

“Now let me talk about the Spanish people. Now I understand that they come over here against our Constitution and cross our borders. But they’re here, and they’re people. And I’ve worked beside a lot of them. Don’t tell me they don’t work, and don’t tell me they don’t pay taxes. And don’t tell me they don’t have better family structures than most of us white people. When you see those Mexican families, they’re together, they 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 going to be with us – not not coming to our party.”

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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