Black Republican Claims Cliven Bundy Not ‘Racist at All’

Niger Innis, the national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, claims that Bundy’s “blacks were better off as slaves” recording is just media trickery. 

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Niger Innis, national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, speaks during a press conference by the Tea Party Express at the National Press Club Aug. 4, 2010, in Washington, D.C. 

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Niger Innis, the national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality doesn't believe that Cliven Bundy—yes, the Cliven Bundy who was taped saying, "Blacks were better off as slaves"—is racist and said as much at an event this past weekend, Mediaite.com reports.

Innis, who's running for Nevada's 4th Congressional District—which the website reports is also the home district of Cliven Bundy's much discussed ranch—spoke in defense of Bundy at an event, claiming Bundy's not "racist at all." 

According to the media website, Innis hugged Bundy before reportedly charming the crowd with tales of how he met Bundy and how Bundy's wife insisted on feeding him when he stopped by the ranch.

As for Bundy's taped comments about blacks, according to Mediate, Innis said, "This is the game the media is going to play with us to distract from the real issue, which is that the federal government has too much control over Nevada’s land. They will try to distract with the firestorm that Cliven started by using the r-word, the racism word.

"I can only tell you my experience with the Bundys," he continued, "having eaten with them and broken bread with them, and I don’t consider Cliven or his wonderful family racist at all. Period, end of story."

Read more at Mediaite.com.

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