America’s favorite racist GOP uncle does it again

Republican member of Congress Steve King, who fretted a few days ago that immigrants would destroy our “civilization” with their babies, has now ignited a new controversy.

During a radio interview yesterday, King appeared to predict that a race war between blacks and Latinos would help ensure that minorities never become a majority in America.

King was asked about Univision anchor Jorge Ramos’ recent comments that whites will be a minority by 2044. King responded:

Steve King.

“Jorge Ramos’s stock in trade is identifying and trying to drive wedges between race. Race and ethnicity, I should say to be more correct. When you start accentuating the differences, then you start ending up with people that are at each other’s throats. He’s adding up Hispanics and blacks into what he predicts will be in greater number than whites in America. I will predict that Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before that happens.”

King’s earlier controversial — okay, racist — comments were about illegal immigration:

“We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Which raises the question: Why not? Once upon a time, Greeks and Italians and the Irish and other “dirty” immigrants came to America, and other people’s babies did a fine job carrying forward, and building upon, the American dream.

And African-Americans were “other people” at one time, as were immigrants from Asia, Latin America, Africa and just about everywhere. Everyone in America, other than a Native American, is an “other.” And that’s not just okay, it’s the entire basis of our country. We are a melting pot. We welcomed, and hopefully still welcome, people from all over the world.

I’m reminded of a project I did for the US State Department on the one year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. I had this idea to pay homage to the foreign-born heroes of that day. I interviewed some who survived, and the family members of those who did not. It was eye-opening. They were from all over the world — Africa, Latin America, Asia — and their story was the same. Each and every one of them came to this country to seek a better life, and damn if they weren’t the most patriotic Americans I’d ever spoken with.

Their story was the same as my family’s European immigrant story from the early 1900s.

So I bristle when people argue that Latino immigrants, for example, will somehow be less “American” than European immigrants. And that having a majority “minority” population will somehow change what it is to be American. Each culture has its unique differences, to be sure. But nearly all of us came to this country from somewhere else. And we contributed to the culture just fine.

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  • Noel Weymouth

    Taking selfies with a cardboard sign.

    That’s what you call “grassroots,” I guess.

  • Noel Weymouth

    Ugly, but funny.

  • Jim

    I saw this on instagram, thought it was clever, loved the fact it was a hispanic dude wearing it and leaning up on a wall. Classic.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BRTSeiWjSev/?taken-by=teerumptees

  • Wild Child

    You got it. It’s all about tribalism and turf wars.

  • Wild Child

    LOL
    The poor old thing frightens very easily.

  • Wild Child

    Everywhere you turn, just more bigotry and hatred. Such a sad situation.

  • Wild Child

    Excellent analogy.

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  • Badgerite

    I think the “obvious” part is probably the reason.

  • Bill has been put in time out in the past.
    But the two of you are blog clogging. The two of you need to start ignoring each other.

  • All right, Bill and Demosthenes, knock it off. Enough is enough, you are blog clogging.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Trolls are people who vote for parties that promote racist mass deportations and racist wars of aggression. Those include Democrats. Republicans and Libertarians.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Obama the racist deported 2.7 million immigrant workers. If voted for him or for the Clintons you support their racism.

  • Demosthenes

    I’m pro immigration. I’m not the Trump enabler. That’s you.

  • Demosthenes

    I’m surprised he hasn’t been banned, since he is an obvious troll.

  • Bill_Perdue
  • Badgerite

    I think I see his problem. He is not actually talking about “restoring” civilization. For him, it isn’t about “civilization”. For Steve King, it is about tribes. Ethnic origins. He doesn’t really see people for their insides. The content of their character. His tribe is dominant and therefore superior and he doesn’t want to share his toys. Oh Myyyyyy!

  • Badgerite

    Bill P has been here forever. It is always about how bad “both parties” are.
    He always turns the argument to attack the Democratic party no matter what the subject and what the evidence. Troll. Pick a subject. Any subject. He will basically turn it around to one thing and one thing only. How bad the Democrats are. And how bad America is. A sort of Hitler got nothing on us approach to history, politics and current events.

  • Demosthenes

    Is it you, Vlad Putin?

  • Bill_Perdue

    I’m glad the video scared you.

  • Demosthenes

    What should scare me is fake “leftist” purity trolls like you helped elect the Donald.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Did that video scare you? Good.

    Now try to explain your admiration for H Clintons racism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALXulk0T8cg

    And Obama’s racist mass deportations.

  • Demosthenes

    Happy that purity trolls like you helped install the Donald as “president”? I’ll bet you are so proud. Are you a Moby who actually lives in Moscow?

  • Bill_Perdue

    What you want to forget is the criminality of your parties racism. Happily, over ninety million remembered it. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/videos/2016-04-13/rapper-ice-cube-on-hillary-clinton-s-super-predators-comment

  • Demosthenes

    Ahh! I remember you from last fall. You’re a purity fetishist who engages in false equivalency to help the GOP cement power.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Rabid racism is the direct and unceasing policy of Democrats and their Republican brothers and sisters.

    I provided plenty of examples which you choose to ignore because Democrats often think that BLM is upset over ‘nothing’ and ignore the deep racism of your party’s wars of aggression against Arabs and muslims.

    ”Why ask what lies in Hillary Clinton’s heart? She has already shown the world that she loves war and bankers. When #BlackLivesMatter activists inquired of her inner feelings, Clinton lectured them “about what she believed was their flawed strategy” and “told them to change laws and policies, not minds.” Clinton’s record is clear: “Her racist and anti-working class policies have ruined countless lives.”http://www.blackagendareport.com/category/who-dat/hillary-clinton

    The racism that Democrats and Republicans share is one reason why each got about 30% of the eligible vote and those boycotting your sham election amounted to 40% of the eligible vote. You’re both turning into Whigs and that’s a good thing. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42a61b0856f112d3730a11b6ab3e99af57c41ed4ad6d840e431f9c4bdca67978.jpg

  • Demosthenes

    “Rabid racism is the policy of both parties.”

    Seriously? Where have you been the last 18 months? Hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with Julian Assange?

  • Demosthenes

    Steve King is a long time racist who feels emboldened by Trump/Bannon in the White House. It’s no surprise that the Trump GOP isn’t really doing much to censure Rep. King.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Rabid racism is the policy of both parties.

    It’s expressed in their Islamophobic wars of aggression, their joint refusal to muzzle cops who kill people of color in the cities and on the border, their joint support for zionism, a virulent form or racism, their ‘drug war’ Jim Crow laws, their gutting of welfare, their immigrant bashing and mass deportations, their ‘reservations’, their militarization of cops and their racist trade agreements.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eae917f19a94472b8565132264bd301d1cf2dc2706645518adba48e143097c96.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c5e3db3b9f922eaae2e21f2f095726f379cadbff808c1cd34df18e2feba6d8e.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c9648f15ec1cb060c4482a454a8208cc08d1b7439aae20881adc5c7888b78949.jpg

  • LA Goldenrod

    It’s only a matter of time before Steve King starts appearing in public wearing a RAHOWA t-shirt. He is an unreconstructed racist. We all knew that. But this “race war” rhetoric is pure white nationalism. This is just a few steps away from immigrants, brown people and religious minorities being stomped to death in the streets by gangs of young caucasian men all wearing the same color shirt.

  • MoonDragon

    As a one interested in both art and food, I resist the characterization of the US as a melting pot. If you melt all the crayons together, you get a featureless mass that’s pretty useless for creating anything but a coat of brownish-gray wax. Using each individual crayon, blending them at the edges, on can create a beautiful vision. If one mixes ingredients into a muddled homogeneous glop, one has something fit for a college cafeteria, a coach class airline meal, or a typical franchise eatery – bland and slightly unsettling. If one treats the ingredients in such a way that they complement one another while still maintaining individual integrity, one has a balanced, delightful dish – a stew, not a process mush.

  • UncleBucky

    Somos todos americanos, de Iqaluit, NU, hasta La Tierra del Fuego, CL.

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