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Bundy: MLK would be on my side

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday said Martin Luther King Jr. would not have wanted the media to label him a racist for questioning whether black people were better off under slavery.

In a Friday interview on CNN, Bundy invoked King’s and Rosa Parks’s struggles for civil rights to explain why his depiction in the media has been wrong.

“What Rev. King wanted was that she could sit anywhere in the bus and nobody would say anything about it,” Bundy told Chris Cuomo in an interview from his ranch.

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“He didn’t want this prejudice thing like the media tried to put on me yesterday. I'm not going to put up with that because that's not what he wanted.”

Bundy further defended his right to refer to black people as “Negro,” “black boy” or “slave.”

“If those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offensive, then Martin Luther King hasn’t got his job done yet. ... I should be able to say those things and they shouldn’t offend anybody.”

A Thursday story in The New York Times quoted Bundy referring to black people as “the Negro.”

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