White Supremacy is Not a Four-Letter Word

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Matty Mendez, Reporter

Representative Steve King of Iowa made tasteless comments in a New York Times interview on Monday. Representative King aired grievance on the outrage culture in ‘America nowadays’, a climate where phrases such as “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization” have suddenly “become offensive.”

Both the Republican minority in the House of Representatives and the Republican Senate majority have openly denounced their fellow party-man  in attempts to further remove themselves from the racist diction King displayed. This denouncement is coupled by the aforementioned “harsh consequences” which entail stripping him all previously-held committee seats and calling for his removal from the legislature entirely.

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, was especially vocal in outright suggesting King look into “another line of work.” While it is a significant step in the right direction when addressing accountability and the standard to which we should hold all figures of considerable power, the immediate Republican condemnation seems feigned. That is, the outrage-machine’s indignation and a ‘pot calling the kettle black’ portrait.

Even if Steve King were to simply “go away”, there is far more ground to cover on the prevailing rite of white supremacy in government and politics.  Far too much to declare any “heroes” yet.