After listening ( and laughing ) at Cliven Bundy’s infamous interview, It was obvious his frame of reference regarding Black folks is stuck in the 1960s.
Such comic cluelessness makes him, ” retro, not racist, ” as I stated in a subsequent tweet. I didn’t hear any of menace usually associated with such statements.
Black folks are understandably incensed and conservative ones are no exception. Alan Keyes is a notable dissenter on this topic.
Here are his comments: http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/black-leader-says-bundy-remarks-not-racist/
This reminds me of the break in right wing ranks after Nelson Mandela died.
Many White conservatives ( with the notable exception of Newt Gingrich ) denounced him as a terrorist.
Despite the state-sanctioned terrorism of Apartheid, they couldn’t forgive him for taking up arms against White people.
His Marxism was also another epic sore point.
Bundy offers a similarly seismic dividing line moment.
His White conservative supporters criticize Black peers for reacting more to loaded phrases like ” colored people ” and ” Negro, ” than loaded federal guns and suspected government over reach.
Charles Krauthammer, however, is a notable White conservative exception who doesn’t support Bundy and questions why anyone would.
Watch his commentary: http://youtu.be/vSLCIogcgGo
My original take on Bundy remains the same: he’s a befuddled senior citizen in the national spotlight. The fact he shares retro racial nomenclature with Harry ” Negro Dialect ” Reid only reinforces this perception.
Cliven Bundy is conservatives Mandela moment and we should agree to disagree on him and move on up to other issues!
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is an anti crime activist and Project 21 member in New Orleans.