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US House Votes 424-1 to Condemn White Supremacy and White Nationalism in Wake of Steve King’s Comments

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The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 424-1 to formally condemn white supremacy and white nationalism, in the wake of comments made last week by Rep. Steve King, a Republican of Iowa. MSNBC notes Congressman King voted for the Resolution.

House Resolution 41, filed by Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), specifically names Congressman King, and includes the most controversial part of his remarks that have cause a firestorm, HuffPost reports.

“Whereas, on January 10, 2019, Representative Steve King was quoted as asking, ‘White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?'” it begins.

The Resolution actually includes definitions for both white supremacism and white nationalism, and says they are “contrary to the ideals of the United States of America, which was established according to the principle stated in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.”

It also says that “patriotic Americans have sought to form a more perfect Union by rejecting White nationalism and White supremacy, embracing inclusive patriotism, and welcoming immigrants from across the globe who have continuously enriched our Nation.”

The Resolution cites recent acts of hate crimes, noting white supremacism and white nationalism are to blame. Among them, the South Carolina shooting massacre of nine Black parishioners attending a Bible study class, and the shooting massacre that  killed 11 Jewish worshippers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue.

The all-but unanimous vote will likely lead to censure by the House of Congressman King, who has a long history of racist and bigoted remarks. On Monday House Republicans stripped King of all his committee seats, including on the powerful Judiciary and Agriculture Committees.

HuffPost’s Matt Fuller notes the one “no” vote came from Rep. Bobby Rush, who is introducing a far stronger bill to censure Congressman King.

 

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Rand Paul Unleashes Racist Attack on Democrat Charles Booker by Calling Him His ‘Racial Left Opponent’

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday set off racist dog whistle alarms by sending a fundraising email to supporters announcing his new 2022 Democratic challenger, Charles Booker, and describing him as his “racial left opponent.”

Booker, the former state representative who narrowly lost the Kentucky Democratic Party’s nomination in the primary to oppose Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, is Black.

The email makes clear the Paul campaign is going to make this fight about race.

“Dear _______,” the email begins, “yesterday I got an Act-Blue backed racial left opponent for my reelection.”

Senator Paul last year infamously and “single-handedly” blocked the Emmett Till anti-lynching bill, as America was strongly focused on the Black Lives Matter movement during the protests supporting George Floyd.

But the Republican from Kentucky wasn’t done focusing on “race.”

“That means millions likely coming in to attack me and lie about me in my race,” he adds in a curiously-worded sentence that, again, gets supporters to focus on race.

Booker posted the email on social media:

 

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‘Insurrectionist’ Josh Hawley Slammed for Being Only Senator to Vote Against COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill

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Missouri Republican Josh Hawley just became the only U.S. Senator to vote against the COVID-19 Hate Crimes bill to protect Asian Americans. The vote was 94-1.

The bill is sponsored by Hawaii Democrat Maize Hirono:

Hawley was criticized for his vote, with many calling him an insurrectionist for his role in the January 6 attempted coup.

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Watch: South Carolina Man Unleashes Profanity-Laden Racist Tirade After Clerk Refuses to Sell Him Alcohol

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A South Carolina man unleashed a lengthy racist, profanity-filled tirade after a grocery store clerk refused to sell him alcohol. In a video posted to social media he can be seen yelling, “all lives [expletive] matter, Black lives don’t [expletive] matter.”

News reports identify him as 27-year-old John Walter Miles. He was shopping on April 9 with his girlfriend, who repeatedly tried to push him out the door.

“Black Lives Matter is the most racist [expletive] thing we’ve ever [expletive] seen,” he says at one point. “All of you Black [expletive] are [expletive] racist [expletive].”

WBTV reports “Miles has been charged with aggravated breach of peace and trespassing. He has been booked at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.”

News reports describe it as a “a racially motivated incident,” but that does not capture the gravity of his words.

“Miles reportedly told officers on scene that he used racial slurs, and officers asked him to leave the premise per the business’s request, according to the incident report,” The Sumter Item reports. “He reportedly refused to leave with his girlfriend and her mother until officers eventually escorted him off the property.”

“Officers claimed Miles was under the influence of alcohol in the incident report.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a drill sergeant leader at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Association, a position the professional social media platform says he has held since December 2018. The academy, located at Fort Jackson in Columbia, posted on social media on April 14 to say they are aware of “the video” and that it “has our full attention.”

Warning: this video contains profanity, racist language, hate speech, and is disturbing:

 

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