Steve King Should be Censured

Recently, Congressman Steve King stood on the steps of the U.S. capital and accused a group of African American farmers of being frauds and drug addicts. He called their class-action lawsuits – which showed that black farmers were denied federal loans that were given to white farmers – “slavery reparations.” And he blamed it all on President Obama, for being so “very, very urban.”

Steve King has a long history of racist comments but before 2008 he was dismissed as just a kook with racist tendencies. His comparisons of undocumented immigrants to “stray cats” and his design for an electrified fence along the border with Mexico (“we do this with livestock all the time”, he pointed out) were cloaked under a mantle of supposed concern for enforcement of immigration laws. They were dismissed as hyperbole, instead of being recognized as expressions of deep-rooted prejudice against Hispanics.

But since the election of Barack Obama as our country’s first African American President, his racism has become more blatant, more public, more specific, and very personal:

During the 2008 election campaign;

“I don’t want to disparage anyone because of their race, their ethnicity, their name – whatever their religion their father might have been. I’ll just say this: When you think about the option of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States — I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?”

Commenting on the aftermath of the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr in his own home;

“It seems the President has an inclination to engage in these kinds of things. When he had an Irish cop and a black professor, who did he side with?”

Commenting on President Obama’s direction to Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate Arizona’s anti-immigrant law;

”But the President has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race – on the side that favors the black person.”

Steve King on black farmers: “They’re just filing a claim because they think they can get away with it.”

Now, with his attacks on the character of black farmers and their descendants, and his characterization of President Obama as “very, very urban,” Steve King has revealed once and for all that he isn’t just a kook with racist tendencies. The cloak of “political differences” that he has been hiding behind in his attacks on the President has been ripped away to reveal his deep-rooted prejudice against African Americans.

In the House of Representatives, the way that members formally condemn the behavior of one of their own is through censure. Censure consists of the offending member standing in the well of the House while the speaker reads a resolution rebuking them. That sounds like a fitting punishment for a U.S. Congressman who has used racist statements to attack the character of black farmers and the President. Steve King should be censured.

6 Replies to “Steve King Should be Censured”

  1. Nice article, and it’s time the racist element in our elected representatives is exposed. I think censure is a bit lenient, but with racism, it’s difficult to quantify the offense. A public whipping is more apropos, but that’s just my intolerance for intolerance showing.

    As Centrist as President Obama is, there is only one reason for the obstruction his administration continues to face; racism…the Black man sitting in the Oval Office syndrome.

    Racism is so rampant in America that it is offensive to the spirit and there is no way to stop it passing from generation to generation.
    I am glad you addressed King’s racism and hope he is severely punished. Good on you!

  2. Censure is too lenient and yet it hardly ever happens and most certainly won’t be happening now that the House of Republicans are getting rid of that pesky ethics committee all together. Rather convenient. This must be what they mean by “reforming” DC.

    This sort of racism is nothing but a call to hate and division, used for political purposes and it’s transparent and grotesque. I agree that much of what the President faces is barely concealed racism (“urban” “doesn’t love his country” “is a Muslim” “socialist” etc all different words for “black”) and it’s simply pathetic because it means they have NOTHING else.

  3. the congressman seems to forget that this lawsuit was brought in 1997. And it has been buried ever since then. The lawsuit was originally settled in 1999. It’s obvious that Pres. Obama was overseeing these lawsuits at that time. It must be his fault.

    In 1996 there was a lawsuit with American Indians that claimed pretty much the same thing. Indians had been conned out of their mineral rights and they also won their lawsuit. on December 9 the president signed the bill “claims resolution act” that paid both of these. I’m sure that’s what this complete moron was all upset about.

    I’m not shocked at all that the Republicans put up with this and I agree that this is probably one of the reasons that they will get rid of the ethics committee. I’m sure if they can they will get rid of any punishment altogether and put Duke Cunningham back in office.

  4. IMO, the real issue here is that people like King have been around and propagating hatred of other Americans for years, have not been tried in the court of public opinion, and have not become social pariahs. The fact that he continues to be re-elected and is allowed to continue pushing his hate says much, much more about whether his constituents, and Americans, really believe that “all men are created equal.” I have never thought so. Too many Americans either don’t care or are in deep denial that the reality of living in America for some Americans is vastly different than the America they live in. Just the fact that King is not embarrassed to make these kinds of statements indicates to me that many Americans, and members of Congress on the right side of the aisle, are willing to do anything to win elections and have control of our government. For people like these, public service takes a backseat to their personal/political agendas, and the fact that there is no significant push-back against King, and others, sets up the opportunity for this behavior to be repeated in the future.

  5. Sorry I got here late….WHAT!!! They’re getting rid of the house ethics committee? Won’t that make obvious how corrupt they are, even to stupid people?…if they paid attention….oh forget it.

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