House Passes Measure Condemning White Nationalism After Rep. Steve King Claimed It's Not Problematic

On the day of Dr. King’s birthday, Congress passed a measure about white supremacy.

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| January 16 2019,

5:09 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution effectively condemning white supremacy and white nationalism after recent controversies surrounding the public grappling with the ideology by Representative Steve King (R-Iowa).

As Blavity reported, King questioned the problem with white supremacy last week. 

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization – how did that language become offensive?” King asked The New York Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” 

The newly introduced resolution, drafted by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), aims to dismantle the placement of this type of racist thinking within the House. According to The Hill, the resolution explicitly states that the House “once again rejects white nationalism and white supremacy as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”

The measure was passed in a vote of 424-1, The Washington Post reports, with the one opposition vote belonging to Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), who is Black. Rush believes King is in need of stronger repercussions and has ushered forward a resolution designed to censure King’s actions directly.

In a press release observed by CNN, King wrote: “I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I reject those labels and the evil ideology they define.” The congressman claims his words were taken out of context and held to the notion that he is “simply a nationalist.”


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