While co-hosting the national radio show, Keeping It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton, I listen carefully to the occasional caller who will ask us to ignore racists, take the high road, and move on.

No, I won’t. I can’t ignore racists – who incidentally are on the rise in America, according to The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hates crimes across the country.

Black Americans should be reminded of the elected leaders who side with bigots (or who don’t denounce them) as we approach the mid-term elections in November where all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 33 of 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested along with 38 governorships and 46 state legislatures.

Take Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the ultra-conservative Republican and potential presidential candidate who refused to denounce Cliven Bundy, the radical Nevada rancher who questioned whether the “Negro” was better off in slavery.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Bundy said recently. “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. Are they slaves to charities and government subsidized homes?” Bundy asked.

“And are they slaves when their daughters are having abortions and their sons are in the prisons? This thought goes back a long time.”

Bundy, who seems to get more ignorant by the minute, even implied that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would agree with him.

“I thought about what Reverend Martin Luther King said,” Bundy said. “I thought about Rosa Parks taking her seat at the front of the bus. Reverend Martin Luther King did not want her to take her seat in the front of the bus. That wasn’t what he was talking about. He didn’t want this prejudice thing like the media tried to put on me,” he added.

“I’m not going to put up with that because that’s not what he wanted.”

So now Bundy is an authority on civil rights history

CBS This Morning‘s Norah O’Donnell gave Perry the opportunity to respond to Bundy’s remarks but Perry sidestepped the question.

“I don’t know what he said, but the fact is Bundy is a side issue here compared to what we’re looking at in the state of Texas,” Perry said. “He is an individual. Deal with his issues as you may. ”

What does that mean? Does Perry condone Bundy’s racist remarks or does he expect us to believe that he really doesn’t know what Bundy said? Either way it’s problematic because Bundy represents the worst kind of thinking in a nation where people of color are gradually outnumbering whites.

And as the multi-cultural landscape changes, more racists emerge. According to The Southern Poverty Law Center, there are currently 939 known hate groups operating across the country.

“Since 2000, the number of hate groups has increased by 56 percent. This surge has been fueled by anger and fear over the nation’s ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nation’s first African-American president,” The Southern Poverty Law Center reported.

I’m not suggesting that Bundy is part of a hate group, but I am saying that his comments about African Americans are hateful, offensive and bigoted. Even though some Republicans have denounced Bundy’s remarks, others remain silent because they have stood by him during his highly-publicized refusal to pay the federal government more than $1 million in grazing fees, which resulted in a recent armed standoff between the federal Bureau of Land Management, Bundy, and his supporters.

Meanwhile, Bundy insists that he’s not a racist. That’s not surprising. What wrong-thinking bigot ever admits to being prejudiced?

What do you think?

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20 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Bigots And Their Political Allies Can’t Be Ignored

  1. Believe it or not, there are a lot of Negros who don’t think this guys comments are all that bad. They will tell you that it does not effect them. Plantation negros and house negros.

  2. Marlowe on said:

    Cliven Bundy is still making your front page but D. L. Hughley’s attack on women has disappeared after an insincere “apology” that was filled with new insults against women has disappeared. I guess it’s only important if old white folks insult blacks. Is it that Hughley insulted women or that he’s black and, therefore, immune to criticism?

  3. Noyb on said:

    when will all Americans learn to stop with Dem’s vs Repub’s, its the evilness of the heart that was shown through Bundy speech. all have sinned i repeat all have sinned some more than others. its up to the citizen that know what is right to stand-up and speak up against people like the Bundy’s of the world. but then life wouldn’t be interested would it, life is about struggle and protecting the joy of your heart. seek peace from the peace maker (Jesus) of seek death by rejecting him your choice…..

  4. Traboe on said:

    Jhuf your point is null and void considering the political pendulum has shifted. True during slavery and civil rights era it was the republican party that fought alongside African Americans; but today’s republicans wouldn’t do the same. They’ve shifted from a party concerned with human/equal rights to one more concerned about their pocket books and keeping up the status quo.

    • jhuf on said:

      Really and the Democratic Party has done WHAT for minority’s especially AA’s?
      As I have said many times AA’s have fared far worse under the current democratic majority than any recent republican yet “ smoke and mirror pay no attention to the man behind the curtain “ articles like this tend to fool people into not realizing that

  5. mark on said:

    Question…..are blacks mad that a white man asked a legitimate(?) question about black life in his perspective from his own view that our so-called “leadership” should have been asking? His statement seems to be a dig at our gov’t who likely was spose to be bettering black life but proly wasn’t.So does that make him racist for stating the obvious truth(given the time period and background in which he made these statements…do your research)?

  6. I’ll say it again, the reason black and brown folks can’t get a concealed weapons permit is because the democrats want to keep the black and brown folks from protecting themselves.

  7. Babyboome on said:

    What I wonder most often is this: What have African Americans done to these racists? If it’s just being born and no longer enslaved, then these are some sick, sick individuals. Bundy knows nothing about what being a slave would be like so how can he suggest such an awful fate for another human being and whether he accepts that or not, that’s what we are. Human beings, just like him. He’s sad and those who support him are even sadder…

    • newme on said:

      I’ll tell you what African-Americans did. For starters, they survived the most cruel and inhumane treatment in the history of the world, mainly the horrors of slavery. Then after they were freed, they didn’t just curl up and die or go away. Instead, they gradually educated themselves, were able to maintain and survive without the help of white folks. And then when it looked as if they were becoming too independent, the KKK, Jim Crow, legal segregation, etc., was created to keep them in check. However, that didn’t last long because they kept growing, and before anyone could blink, they had managed to accumulate nearly $1 trillion dollars in disposable income, became billionaires, started successful business, and the biggest sin? TURNED THE WHITE HOUSE BLACK. And all of this came from a people who managed to survive the horrors of slavery. All of this proved that African Americans are just as equally, if not smarter than, these same ignorant, paranoid hillbillies who have skated by all their lives unchallenged and now THEY have to actually do something to prove thir intelligence, which seems to be seriously lacking.

      • I believe the Jews had it worse than Black people. I don’t think anyone put 6 million Blacks in ovens or hung thousands at a time on crosses and were slaves for thousands of years. Today they own businesses all over the world and they ended up back in their own country with one of the strongest militaries in the world. I don’t ever hear them complaining about Rome or Hitler. As for that 1 trillion dollars disposable income, it didn’t come from owing anything. All any racist have to do is wait Black folks out. AIDS is now a Black disease, the prisons are full, and we kill 90% of each other and in some places abort more than is born. These are self-inflicted wounds. Maybe Black people should stop looking to the past.

  8. 06050412 on said:

    We have to understand that there are the good, the bad and the ugly. Any of us can have either one or more of these characteristics. The good have to expose, correct and hold the bad and the ugly accountable. The good also have to look in the mirror so that we can expose, and correct and hold ourselves accountable for the bad and ugly things in our lives because none of us is perfect. We live in a sick society, but i have hope based on 2Chr 7:14 which basically says if Christians will do right, God will heal our land.

  9. americanize. on said:

    I,ve said it once I,ll say it again law abiding black & brown people get ur conceled weapons permit,white folk r armed to the teeth,they are itching for civil unrest.

    • You are absolutely correct Kip…but unfortunately some folks lump all people into this one class they witness on television which is unfair to all.

    • jhuf on said:

      Your right Kip unfortunately this article’s purpose is to label Republicans and conservatives as Bundy’s and Sterling’s hiding the fact that some of the most vile racist were Democrats (Gov. George Wallace, Bull Conner, Sen Robert Byrd) it’s written to play politics

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