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

62 comments

Dot A
Dot A6 days 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

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 p7 days ago

Thanks

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danii p
danii p7 days ago

Thanks

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E7 days ago

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

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silja salonen
silja salonen7 days ago

In that good and kind the congressman should resign, and publically apologize for his comments.

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Dot A
Dot A7 days ago

As long as human beings believe that competition is how we make this a better world, there will be those who want to gain over others by attacking and making less their perceived competition. When we understand that life is precious, worthy, intelligent, and entitled to being cared for, perhaps we'll embrace all cultures as wonderful expressions of beloved people. Preferences, are build into our computers as an art form, not a government. Allow our various to blend together and enhance one another. Then perhaps we may gain a vision on how to make this a wonderful world for all. We are so much more the same, than we are different. Everyone wants love. That is our key commonality. Use our common goodness to do good, rather than capitalizing on our fears. Fear produces anxiety, and anxiety produces so many of the ills of all humanity. Every person has love. All we have to do is activate that energy instead of fear. Sounds easy, but it has been thousands of years of struggling for survival that must be overcome. Selfishness seems to be ego's most destructive trait. Let us change how we relate to one another, and be generous towards this world. We are all amazing in this vast cosmos. See how blessed we can be while we live here among each other.

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Lesa D
Lesa D7 days ago

*SO WRONG*

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Lesa D
Lesa D7 days ago

#21277 petition signed...

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Lesa D
Lesa D7 days ago

thank you Kevin...

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