(In case you haven’t paid attention, here’s what the lawbreaking rancher said: “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro … 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.”)
Now even racists on the right are distancing themselves from the man they had previously called a patriotic hero. Here’s what Bundy didn’t know that they do:
Lesson one: Use code terms. Don’t say “black” or “negro”. The proper term these days is “thug.” Warning: Make sure you never refer to an actual white criminal as a thug so as not to confuse your listeners. If talking about welfare, you can also use “inner city” — that seems to have worked well for Paul Ryan (see Lesson two).
Lesson two: Equate welfare with slavery, but in a good way (not like Bundy did). Ignore the fact that most people on welfare are white and predominately in the south. For some amazing reason, racist whites on welfare know they need it and deserve it, and so any comment about welfare cheats never seems to apply to them. So don’t worry about offending your base. (Freedomworks, a major Tea Party group, has promoted this idea through its promotional movies and blogs a lot.) This is what Paul Ryan did a few weeks ago, and he’s still a darling of the right!
Lesson three: Like any racist, assume that the example you see represents that entire race. Forget all the black scientists, lawyers, judges, business leaders, preachers, and Presidents of the United States who prove you completely wrong and concentrate instead on the small percentage who fulfill your stereotypes. Never mention the good examples! (Bundy has this part down pretty well, actually.)
Bundy is merely repeating the things he hears constantly from some of the leaders of the Republican party. He just rephrased it in the wrong way.