White Supremacy Isn’t a Bad Thing, Rep. Steve King Argues

It seems crazy to think that in 2019, a U.S. congressperson would be extolling the virtues of white supremacy, but here’s Rep. Steve King spouting off about white heritage yet again. Though he often speaks in dog whistles and thinly veiled coded language, this time King was especially blunt in his bigotry.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive?” King asked in an interview with the New York Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

How do you even respond to someone who wants to know how white supremacy and white nationalism are “offensive” concepts? That’s some deep-seated racism at play. As for his question about curriculum, it sounds like he got taught history from a racist perspective, and we certainly should do a better job of fixing these problems in our educational system.

In the same interview, King insists he’s not a racist, just a fan of white culture. He elaborates that he’s not even opposed to having immigrants come to the country so long as they assimilate to the values and customs spread by the white Europeans who founded the United States.

Alas, those comments don’t really correspond with the idea that he’s not a racist. Lest you’re somehow inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, be sure to check out his numerous quotes from the past that paint him as a racist, including “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” and his absolute disgust at the idea of apologizing over slavery.

The very reason King agreed to this interview is to fish for some credit, claiming that he “market-tested [Donald Trump’s] immigration policy for 14 years.” While it’s true that King has been spouting anti-immigrant rhetoric for a long time and Trump even hired King’s former chief of staff to advise him early in his campaign, King would be mistaken if he believes his stance is popular amongst most Americans. The pushback to Trump’s wall should be a clear sign.

Iowa may be overwhelmingly white, but it’s still embarrassing that the state has elected an unabashed bigot like King to Congress nine times despite a history of these kinds of statements. Though he came close to being upset by a Democrat this past November due to his controversial nature, the area is probably just too politically conservative to turn on a Republican, even one so desperately in need of ousting.

That’s why it’s welcome news that King will receive a substantial primary challenger in Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra. The 2020 election cycle may still be a long way away, and Feenstra may be pretty conservative in his own right, but that provides ample time to mount a successful campaign to get someone who thinks white supremacy isn’t offensive out of office.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

67 comments

Lorrie O
Lorrie O21 days ago

Swami, 13. Nazi, 14. Nazi, 14: not this. The only "Nazi": the Jesus of (Naz)areth, Jesucr(i)sto words. (Naz)(i). Swami, 13: not this. The only "Swami": the Swami Vivekananda, Swami word. Swami.

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Lorrie O
Lorrie O22 days ago

"Bad" is not a word (of the TruthGood). "Badger" is a word. ProNUNciation: "badg-er". Not "bad ger", as in "bad Ger(many)". "Badg-er", as in " one who wears Girl Scout badges, on a green, Junior Girl Scout uniform.

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Lorrie O
Lorrie O22 days ago

The 3-ness of n: e(n)lighte(n)me(n)t. nnn

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Lorrie O
Lorrie O22 days ago

Blue Flag. White Tiger. Democracy, cracy, "acy". The 3 jewels, the 3 engagement rings, and the 3 scales of Justice: the weigh of enlightenment. The 1st jewel, the Love feel: the neither forced conception sex business, nor rape sex business, neither adoption sex business, nor abortion sex business, Supreme Truth Supreme Good Love feel. The 1st engagement ring is the Sky Blue Crayola crayon and White paper color(r)ing.

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Carol Johnson
Carol Johnson1 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Dot A
Dot A2 months ago

Language is a very precarious tool we use amongst ourselves. When the color 'white' is included for such judgmental divisions of humanity, the obvious function of the brain directs the thoughts to 'white' {sometimes called Caucasian} people. Not a brilliant use of our words. Even the word 'supremacy' is a cornerstone of past struggles and injustice. Therefore, anyone who chooses to speak of 'white' 'supremacy' is automatically asking for value over those who do not fit the 'white' or 'supreme' of beings. Just ignorance and absolutely NOT of love, compassion, purity of thinking, nor embracing the all. Everyone is flawed a bit, and everyone has goodness. As the old expression goes, 'Which one do we feed?' Do we enhance one another's positive traits, or in the alternative, have we too often put ourselves above by being very harsh and judgmental towards those whom we do not understand as familiar to ourselves. The danger lies in how we think of ourselves in relationship to all people.

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Robert Fitzgerald
Robert Fitzgerald2 months ago

White Supremacy SHOULD be all about the heart. Purity of thought, love compassion, embrace and inclusion. Those with pure hearts should be supreme among us, not those chosen because of a particular skin color. I mean skin is really shallow.

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danii p
danii p2 months ago

Thanks

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danii p
danii p2 months ago

Thanks

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E2 months ago

I heard tonight that King was removed from his committee positions. Maybe he will resign

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