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October 24, 2014

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Opinion: US needs slavery museum to dispel myths from the likes of Cliven Bundy

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Shannon Bushman

Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks to supporters before the April 12, 2014 stand-off between the Bureau of Land Management and Bundy supporters near Bunkerville, Nevada. The BLM eventually called off their roundup of Bundy cattle citing safety concerns. Courtesy of Shannon Bushman.

The media frenzy has (mostly) died down and the reporters have left the ranch, but Cliven Bundy’s brief time in the spotlight forced many to take a closer look at certain realities of American belief. The rancher, who initially drew attention through his refusal to obey federal grazing laws, used his 15 minutes to air his view that perhaps African Americans were better off when they were enslaved.

Horrifying though Bundy’s remarks were (and he did receive a fast rebuke from some of those who had initially sided with him), he’s not the only one who has shared this opinion publicly in recent years.

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