Defining "Racist" (SPOILER: We use a dictionary)

Team Weaver | 9/26/16

We have previously danced around this issue, but it is time we are just honest with each other. Steve King has shown us time and again by his actions and his words that he is a racist. In fact, earlier this week he claimed that the word racist was “devalued” by “overuse.”

The definition of racism is “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” Let’s take a brief look at some of his statements and see how they compare.

  • He compared immigrants to dogs.
  • He said immigrants were crossing the border with “calves the size of cantaloupes” from carrying drugs.
  • He claimed that white people contributed more to civilization than any other “sub-groups.”
  • He asked if the melanin in a journalist’s skin gave her the right to call him a racist.

 

If you’ve been following Steve King’s controversial career, you know that list is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, just this week he compared a low-income African-American woman with an unintended pregnancy to a dog with a litter of puppies.

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By definition, Steve King is a racist, and “the right” to call him a racist comes from his bigoted statements. Such statements are unfitting coming from anyone, but especially from a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and they contribute to a growing lack of respect and dissatisfaction with our leaders. King has demonstrated that he is unfit to represent the tolerant people of Iowa’s 4th District.

 

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