Thursday, April 24, 2014

Are Black People Better Off?

Today I am concerned about the state of mind of Clive Bundy and his supporters. It is disheartening to know that Clive has lived his life filled with such hate and misinformation.  I am saddened that he never opened his mind and his heart to learn more about a race that appears to have caused him to be consumed with hate.  
Clive Bundy initially gained notoriety because he has allowed his cattle to graze on government owned land since 1993 and refused to pay the more than $1 million he owes in grazing fees.  When government officials approached him about the money owed, Bundy and his supporters armed themselves with weapons in response.  Bundy successfully changed the focus from the millions owed to the government to an ongoing American social concern.

With the eye of the media on him, Bundy took the opportunity to share his thoughts on the "Negro":

"I'm wondering if they're better off under a government subsidy and their young women are having the abortions and their young men are in jail and their older women and children are sitting out on the cement porch without nothing to do.
I'm wondering: Are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were when they were when they were slaves and they was able to their family structure together and the chickens and the garden and the people have something to do.
So in my mind, are they better off being slaves in that sense or better off being slaves to the United States government in the sense of the subsidy. I'm wondering. The statement was right. I am wondering."
I challenge you Clive to open your eyes, open your heart and open your mind to the life experiences of those who live in the government subsidized housing you described.  I encourage you to chose one child, one adult, or one family and get to know them.  Become intimate with the challenges they face on a daily basis.  

People end up receiving government subsidies for any number of reasons... Death of a major bread winner, lay off, illness, un-educated or under educated... the stories are countless, especially in today's economy.  
I don't know a single person who would choose to live in government subsidized housing if they had viable alternatives.  Do you? 

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