What We Need The GOP To Do
By: Darryn Harris  |
Earlier this month, Karen and the Congressional Black Caucus led calls for Iowa Rep. Steve King to be removed from his House Committee assignments after making public remarks defending white supremacy.
They were successful, but King has a long history of using racist, anti-immigrant, anti-woman language — and Republicans are just now taking serious action to distance themselves from him.
The GOP has exhibited troubling signs that they’re ok with one of their members describing Dreamers as drug mules with “calves the size of cantaloupes.” They’re ok with a member of their party bringing an anti-Islam Dutch politician to our Capitol to call for the closing of mosques. They’re ok with the fact that their colleague sees nothing wrong with being a white supremacist who quite possibly believes that wealthy Jews are conspiring to make whites a minority in Europe and the US.
Earlier this month, the most diverse Congressional class in our history was sworn in. While most people celebrated that, Steve King looked across the room and was afraid. “You could look over there and think the Democratic Party is no country for white men,” he later told the New York Times.
We encourage the Republican Party to strive to be no country for white supremacists. That means rejecting racism in all forms, whether it comes from Steve King, Donald Trump, or any other leader in their party.
We’re thankful for Karen and the CBC’s leadership on this issue. But it’s up to Republicans to pull their own party back from the abyss and convince the American people that their values are rooted in a future where everyone can succeed, regardless of race.
Join us in calling for Congress to censure Steve King, consistently condemn bigoted language (no matter where it comes from), and stand up for what should be our shared American values of inclusivity and diversity.