Racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe!
Congratulations, you have just learned the four labels that are easily applied in order to end any debate/argument you, as a proud authoritarian, might effectively use to eliminate any resistance from your libertarian foes. Crush your foes with one, or more if you can, of these labels and your opponent has nothing else to do but to cower in awe of your bodacity.
At least, that’s the hope. Unfortunately, not every one will cower under your attempt to divert the conversation from a logical argument by ad hominem.
The situation with Cliven Bundy and the conflict that he has experienced with the Bureau of Land Management is one that has again brought this tactic into play. Here are the remarks that are earning Mr. Bundy the brand of Racist:
I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro, and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is 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 their young girls to do.
And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? 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, before you get out your pitchforks and torches and prepare the hanging tree to receive Mr. Bundy’s hanging carcass, let’s look at some of the reasons he might have said what he said.
Mr. Bundy was taking the approach that it is a fact that there are a greater number of African Americans on social welfare programs than whites. The assertion is that this dependence is as much a chain around the neck of the African American as any that might have been borne while picking cotton in early America.
According to Pew research, 31% of Black Americans have received food stamps at one point or another in their lives as opposed to only 15% of whites.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics can show the amazing disparity between the employment rates of Blacks and whites, which is consistently more than double the rate of whites. And there’s little denying that education and employment go tightly hand in hand. Unfortunately, only 47% of black males opposed to 75% of white males earn the generally accepted minimum education level of a high school diploma.
On it’s face, that comment does indeed look bad, but what lays beneath the surface, that bears scrutiny, are the facts of higher unemployment and lower education levels amongst the black population. Look at the demographics of those on food stamps and other public assistance programs. Blacks dominate them. The democrat party, the party of governmental assistance, is sustained by the votes a higher percentage of the black population than whites. I realize that ‘negro’ is now politically incorrect, but it was once a more socially acceptable term than ‘black’ was. People are too sensitive to benign terms. You have to examine intentions. Bundy was only highlighting the very truth that blacks, overall, are too dependent on government for sustenance. I don’t make these comments out of ignorance, but after examining several facts and thinking through the issue logically, while it seems that the term ‘racist’ is largely nothing but an appeal to emotion and is more likely to engender ignorance by wanting to avoid thinking too deeply about the truth in Mr. Bundy’s comments.
The overall point is that people, black or white, are far better off when they have a marketable skill so that they can provide for themselves without having to go around with their hands out. The abortion rate amongst blacks is far higher than whites. The demographics of blacks vs whites in jail are staggering.
Teach people to be responsible with their procreative abilities and they don’t need abortions. Give them a job and things to do and they’re far less likely to commit crimes that land them in jail.
There is nothing racist, hateful, or ignorant about making such statements. I didn’t see Mr. Bundy saying that the blacks should be returned to slavery, only that their situation is little improved since the fighting of the civil war or since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Small steps have been made in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go.