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house Bill H. Res. 41

Should the House Formally Reject Rep. Steve King’s Comments on White Nationalism & White Supremacy?

Argument in favor

In light of Congressman Steve King’s remarks questioning why ‘white supremacist’ and ‘white nationalist’ is controversial language, the House should condemn his remarks along with white supremacy and white nationalism in general.

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01/15/2019
The moment the government officially embraces white nationalism is the moment we officially become early nazi Germany. This must be whole heartedly rejected!
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01/15/2019
Anything that has to do with hate needs to be swatted. Doesn’t matter if they are Democrat or Republican if you spout hate or support hate you need to go.
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01/15/2019
The more we officially condemn racist speech and behavior, the more we communicate the message that it is not tolerated. Officially condemn King's comments, then the Republican Party should censure him.
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Argument opposed

The House doesn’t need to take the time to formally condemn white supremacy and white nationalism given that countless members of Congress are speaking out against King’s comments individually.

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01/15/2019
Rep King is NOT A RACIST! He was speaking of NATIONALISM. Pride in your country, its founders, its laws, its heritage, its people. ALL of its people! There is NO White Supremacy and has not been for decades. Move on people.
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01/15/2019
This is just going too far... I’m so desensitized to all of this identity politics stuff that I just don’t care anymore... move along
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01/15/2019
Hell No! The term White Nationalist is a made up left wing term! It’s meaningless! I’m white and love my country and put this country first! I’m for the USA!🇺🇸 first and foremost and as I’m a disabled Vet as well then that makes me a White Nationalist! I not a racist and I don’t put white people above people if other colors! I served with men of color especially in the 70s and early 80s when white soldiers were the minority in the Army! Never had a problem! Do to you Leftie Kooks Out there! It’s time to grow up!!!!!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Forever!!!
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed January 15th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 424 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2019

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What is House Bill H. Res. 41?

This resolution would condemn comments made by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and express that the U.S. House of Representatives rejects white nationalism and white supremacy as being contrary to American values. King was quoted as asking: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

The resolution goes on to cite the FBI’s definition of white supremacy and white nationalism, describe crimes perpetrated by white supremacists and white nationalists. Further, the resolution quotes condemnations of white supremacy made by historical American leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan.

As a simple resolution, this bill wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

Congressman Steve King (R-IA); and the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 41

This bill would have no impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) introduced this resolution to condemn Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) comments on white supremacy and white nationalism and offered the following floor statement:

“I rise to address what I will call a tale of two kings. One, a member of this body, who wondered out loud to the New York Times why the terms white nationalism and white supremacy are offensive. I would say to my colleague that the terms are offensive because the concepts are evil. And we have been counseled by Edmond Burke that, “all that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” I have just introduced a resolution to express this august body’s disapproval of Mr. King’s comments and condemnation of white nationalism and white supremacy in all forms.

So today I denounce the words of Representative Steve King, and I do so invoking the words of another King, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who, if he had been allowed to live, would be celebrating his 90th birthday on tomorrow. Dr. King counseled that, "we are going to be made to repent, not just for the hateful words and deeds of bad people, but for the appalling silence of good people. I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in breaking the deafening silence and letting our resounding condemnation be heard.”

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) voted in favor of this resolution and offered the following statement in response to the condemnations against him:

“One of my quotes in a New York Times story has been completely mischaracterized. Here’s the context I believe accurately reflects my statement. In a 56 minute interview, we discussed the changing use of language in political discourse. We discussed the worn out label “racist” and my observation that other slanderous labels have been increasingly assigned to Conservatives by the Left, who injected into our current political dialog such terms as Nazi, Fascist, ‘White Nationalist, White Supremacist,— Western Civilization, how did THAT language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?’...just to watch Western Civilization become a derogatory term in political discourse today. Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of white nationalism and white supremacy.
When I used the word ‘THAT’ it was in reference ONLY to Western Civilization and NOT to any previously stated evil ideology ALL of which I have denounced. My record as a vocal advocate for Western Civilization is nearly as full as my record in defense of Freedom of Speech.”

House Republicans have removed Rep. King from his committee assignments over his comments, and some GOP lawmakers have called for him to resign.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Rejecting White nationalism and White supremacy.

Official Title

Rejecting White nationalism and White supremacy.

    The moment the government officially embraces white nationalism is the moment we officially become early nazi Germany. This must be whole heartedly rejected!
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    Rep King is NOT A RACIST! He was speaking of NATIONALISM. Pride in your country, its founders, its laws, its heritage, its people. ALL of its people! There is NO White Supremacy and has not been for decades. Move on people.
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    Anything that has to do with hate needs to be swatted. Doesn’t matter if they are Democrat or Republican if you spout hate or support hate you need to go.
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    The more we officially condemn racist speech and behavior, the more we communicate the message that it is not tolerated. Officially condemn King's comments, then the Republican Party should censure him.
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    Obviously King and many people,including 45, don’t think there is anything wrong with “ white supremacy”. It is incumbent on the Congress to stand up for American values and denounce this vile belief.
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    We need to start officially condemning hate speech and punish those that use it.
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    These sentiments and remarks need to be rejected immediately! Our country should have no place for hate.
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    This is just going too far... I’m so desensitized to all of this identity politics stuff that I just don’t care anymore... move along
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    Racists and bigots have no business in government because government is there to serve ALL the people, not just those they like.
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    Hell No! The term White Nationalist is a made up left wing term! It’s meaningless! I’m white and love my country and put this country first! I’m for the USA!🇺🇸 first and foremost and as I’m a disabled Vet as well then that makes me a White Nationalist! I not a racist and I don’t put white people above people if other colors! I served with men of color especially in the 70s and early 80s when white soldiers were the minority in the Army! Never had a problem! Do to you Leftie Kooks Out there! It’s time to grow up!!!!!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Forever!!!
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    Racism has no place in the United States Congress.
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    Racism is not acceptable!
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    He is a vile human and a disgrace
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    This question has but one answer. Racism and prejudice is never right, especially in congress. If my representatives want to show they have integrety they should condemn Steve Kings mean spirited racism. Enough is enough.
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    No such thing as “supreme race”
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    It seems we no longer hold our elected officials, including our President, to any higher standard of behavior or language. I expect the people who represent me to also represent all those around me, including people of color and those that do not look like me. My question is: to what standard of behavior do our elected officials hold each? Silence is complicit approval of such statements and attitudes.
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    Do your job we hired you for and fund building a wall at the southern border.
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    Let's bring professionalism, decency, and respect back to our government.
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    We should condemn hate speech in any and every public office. Hate speech and the policies that are implemented by those who condone divisive, hateful rhetoric or action shouldn't have a place in our Democratic process or policy making. It doesn't reflect the makeup of our community, country or constituency.
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    freedom of speech is freedom of speech, end of story
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