Ammon Bundy told WND: “I was there standing right beside my father when he made those comments. He was reaching out to the black community.”
He explained his father was commenting on the fact that while blacks were “in slavery on plantations, now because of the welfare system, they continue to be in slavery.”
“He desires the black community to have freedom,” Ammon Bundy said.
“Growing up around him, and being beside him, I never once heard him say anything negative about any race,” Ammon Bundy said. “I wish I could say that about everyone else I’ve been around. The black community, the white community, they joke back and forth. My father’s never lowered himself.”
Of course, “his message was taken out of context,” he said.
The point was that the government “has kept them oppressed,” Ammon Bundy said. “They’ve never been given a situation to be able to thrive, get themselves out of slavery.”
He recalled his father’s respect for the black community and his gratitude.
Cliven Bundy was working in Los Angeles during the Watts riots in 1965.