No country for white men
Sometimes, the topics for these posts come to you wrapped in ribbons and in bows.
Today, the New York Times published an interview with avowed racist Congressman Steve King (R - Nuremburg) in which he waxed rhapsodically about “what’s the big deal about white supremacy?”.
At the same time, he said, he supports immigrants who enter the country legally and fully assimilate because what matters more than race is “the culture of America” based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe.
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King said. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
Let’s unpack this, shall we?
He’s not a racist! He’s just a cultural chauvinist for a “culture of America”! What is that “culture”? Meatloaf on Sundays? Rotarian club meetings? No, really, what is that “culture”? Because that culture has changed with every wave of immigration. And those waves of immigration included people from parts of Europe who were declared untermenschen by King’s predecessors, and who nevertheless changed that culture. (Breaking: Pizza isn’t “American”.)
But, really, what’s wrong with “white supremacist”? That’s just another word for “European values”, no? That someone in 2019 can ask that question is both mindblowing and yet not surprising. As I’ve said, Trump isn’t the genesis of Trumpism. King championed Trumpism before that orange-skinned baboon descended those gaudy escalators.
The Times piece is well worth the read. It doesn’t paint King in gauzy hues. It’s a 3,000 word indictment of a sitting member of Congress who is an avowed racist. There’s no getting around it. And an avowed racist which GOP majorities in the House did nothing to censure. Quite the opposite: he was given subcommittee chairmanships.
The fact is that King says out loud and proudly the thing most Republicans believe quietly. Why would they censure a man who espoused their beliefs? When Lindsey Graham whines that Democrats thinks all Republicans are racists, one need only point him to King’s decades of statements which have gone unpunished by the GOP hierarchy. This is Republican ideology. From the Silent Majority to Willie Horton to MS-13 is coming to kill you all, this is what the Republican Party is. Don’t be offended because we’re no longer couching our criticisms in niceties. You had a chance to change, multiple chances, and decided to become instead even more racist. Now the bill is due.
What’s the big deal about white supremacy? That it’s an evil construct which has led to slavery and the gas chamber. But, for King, that may be a wanted feature, not a bug.
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