Representative Steve King is a congressman from Iowa elected to his ninth term. He asked a simple question: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” All hell broke loose as members of the Tri-caucus…and band wagon publicity hound Republicans…pushed to remove King from committees.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said there is “no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind,” and, of course, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a former presidential nominee, called on King to resign.
The Congressional Tri-Caucus is composed of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
The Black Caucus has 55 members including six senators and all are Democrats.
The Hispanic Caucus has 38 members and all are Democrats.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus has 69 members and all are Democrats.
White supremacy is a fact with 76.6% of the population reported as white by the census bureau.
The 162 members of the Tri-Caucus represent 37.5% of America’s ethnic (not racial) makeup.
Black Americans are 13.4% and have a Black Caucus.
Hispanic Americans are 18.1% and have a Hispanic Caucus.
Asian Pacific Americans are 6% and have an Asian Pacific Caucus.
(more than 100% total due to mixed ethnicity)
How did we get to the point where a Republican Congressman asks a simple semantic question and all hell breaks loose? I’ll let Mr. Marx (the comedian, not the ideologue) answer that:
Democrats are famous for screwing up our language. They make laws so complicated in language that we “have to pass them to find out what’s in them”. We also have a class of people called lawyers to help us understand the laws our congress critters have devised.
Not content with obfuscation of legal matters, they have gone berserk in many other areas of society:
I’ve commented on the difference between race and ethnicity in a previous article:
Frogs, Racism and the N Word.
If you are a member of the species homo sapiens, you belong to the human race.
Until the Martians land, that’s your only choice (LGBTWXYZ not withstanding).
It’s the social definition of race that’s been the basis for much debate and conflict. Racial profiling used “white” to designate the predominant European social group with scientific sounding terms like “negroid” to differentiate among other groups within society using skin color as the criteria regardless of national origin.
Ethnicity, then is a label based on cultural factors such as nationality no matter how long you’ve lived outside that nation and have been in America. Race has become a label primarily for skin color.
It really gets confusing when race is confused with ethnicity. What if a “negroid” race person was born and raised in a “Nordic” country like Sweden? If I seem confused about the terminology, remember that I was exposed to a major war where “yellow peril” was one of our major national enemies. How Japan became a yellow ethnicity still confuses me.
I keep checking…but my skin color remains pink and not white. Classmate of mine in college is designated black by the Democrats but turned grey while I turned red when we had too much sun during a fishing trip.
With MLK Day a national holiday…proclaimed by Ronald Reagan BTW…I remember my grey classmate as one of the worst fishermen who ever drowned a worm.
If you’re wondering why the Democrats may not have understood MLK’s admonition about judging people by the color of their skin…consider the following:
Happy MLK Day January 20…and don’t forget what the FBI tried to do to him.
But that’s another article…
…in the meantime I’m hoping some brave politician will advocate for a Pink Caucus.
Calm down MAXINE!!!!