Rep. Steve King speaking
Mark Taylor from Rockville, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Rep. King, Racism Can’t be Statesmanship

Iowa State Rep. Steve King deserves a big thank you from the American people. His recent tweets and statements have brought the racist beliefs of parts of the GOP and our new administration into the open. The gloves are off; the charade’s over. The message has now been broadcast loud and clear: Only white’s right, and only white rights count, in 2017 America.

King’s an admirer of the Dutch extremist politician Geert Wilders, a candidate for prime minister whose party is on the ballot in the Netherlands’ upcoming election. Wilders’ “Freedom Party” has prioritized “de-Islamizing” the country through a total ban on immigration from Muslim countries, the closing of mosques, and a shift in cultural climate that makes it too risky and uncomfortable for Muslims (6% of the population) to remain there.

Today’s racists, like Wilders, believe in population management as the way to save white Christian European society. This is the context for King’s tweet that Wilders “understands that culture and demographics are our destiny.” Persecution from below and state action from above (deportations to get people out, bans on letting people in) will, over time, reduce the number of undesirables able to pollute the genetic pool.

We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” King tweeted. What is his vision? An America “that is just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same,” he explained on CNN’s “New Day.”

Yesterday’s racists couldn’t have said it better. Let’s listen to Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, the first sitting leader to have a comprehensive racial project. In 1927, he warned that decreases in European fertility meant “the entire white race, the Western race, could be submerged by races of color that multiply with a rhythm unknown to our own.” Six years later, Adolf Hitler came to power, taking population management and racism to a whole new level with Jews as his main targets.

I’d say no one needs reminding how the Axis racist enterprise ended, except that cresting right-wing populism has coincided with a new phase of anti-Semitism and attempts to forget the Holocaust, along with an uptick in hateful speech and violent actions taken against Muslims and other people of color.

Racism is a peculiarly mobile hatred, and difficult to contain once it’s allowed to proliferate, as it has been in America since Trump appeared on the political scene. Is it a coincidence that his Muslim, black, and Latino-baiting administration managed to release a statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day that failed to mention Jews? I think not.

Read the entire essay at CNN

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