Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, before making his comments about “the Negro,” spoke about other racial minorities and their lack of support for his cause, according to additional video obtained by the Washington Post.
“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 noted that he “hardly ever” saw a black person until he was a teenager, and was surrounded by only white people during the press conference he was holding, according to the Post.
He then launched into a story about when he was working in Los Angeles during the Watts Riots in 1965.
“About two blocks south of Harbor Freeway, they were setting the world on fire,” he 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 argued that the riots were a result of people lacking freedom, according to the Post.
“We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and we sure don’t want to go back,” he 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.”