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

 
 
 
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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