My powers of prognostication are great: I said that a female black conservative would be the first to shuck and buck for her white masters by defending Cliven Bundy. Kira Davis even had the good courtesy to wear a handkerchief on her head. Priceless.
There is now a video of Cliven Bundy, the white, seditious, militia darling of Fox News, sharing his folksy wisdom about "the Negro".
As I wrote here, there is nothing new or surprising about Bundy's racist remarks about how African-Americans were better off under slavery. Such specious claims are standard Right-wing talking points.
The nobility of black servitude, and how freedom ruined African-Americans, is not a lie that is advanced only by white conservatives. Black conservatives are the tip of that spear: they are human chaff whose sole purpose is to advance the agenda of the White Right by systematically denying the reality of white racism.
Myshkin, one of our frequent commenters, offered up a nice list of potential talking points that will be rolled out by conservatives in their efforts to defend Cliven Bundy--or at the very least to suggest that he is "misunderstood".
My favorite of his suggestions is:
Ben Carson: "Those PC liberals are going to try to hang up Cliven Bundy for what they perceive as racism. Mr. Bundy comes from a different time and a different place and he is only saying what he sees as problems in the black community and he is RIGHT, they were better as slaves! .... wait... Obamacare is slavery."
Bundy's comments about the merits of the Mexican family will also be a nice addition to the Right-wing echo chamber's defense of his anti-black racism. Their logic: how can Cliven Bundy be a "racist" when he has such admiration and "respect" for hardworking Mexican immigrants and their traditional family values?
Which boot licking, political blackface, shucking and bucking black conservative Uncle Tom will be the first to be trotted out by their white masters to defend Cliven Bundy? Their bench is pretty deep; hating black people for the amusement and pleasures of white conservatives is a very lucrative trade.
Allen West is a leading contender here. There is no claim, however miserable, racist, and inaccurate that he will not support. West is an African-American mercenary for the White Right.
Ron Christie enjoyed playing the "my best friend is black" role for Paul Ryan when the latter was called out for his public embrace of white nationalist race scientist Charles Murray. Christie is a solid, if not underwhelming, performer.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, "the worst negro in the history of the world", likely agrees with Cliven Bundy's views about the black family and slavery. Of course, Thomas is too high-profile to publicly support and defend Bundy. However, Thomas, the most accomplished and preeminent self-hating Uncle Tom black person of his era, may one day cite Bundy in a Supreme Court decision that further overturns voting rights for people of color.
I believe that Jesse Lee Peterson will be the bought and paid for black conservative who steps up in this moment, using this opportunity to add a spirited embrace of Cliven Bundy's racism to his resume.
Pastor Manning is also a contender as well. I would not be surprised if he made a pilgrimage out to Bundy's ranch.
The political black face routine offered up by black conservatives is a genre of performance which is dominated by men. Could Cliven Bundy provide an opportunity for an aspiring self-hating Negress to steal the shine from her black conservative brethren? A handkerchief head wearing black conservative woman could be a powerful novelty act as she makes her rounds on Fox News and elsewhere.
What self-hating black conservative do you think will be the first to publicly defend Cliven Bundy?