Social media is in an uproar over Iowa Republican congressman Steve King’s white supremacist comments that he made during an interview on MSNBC with Chris Hayes. The panel had been discussing the lack of diversity in the Republican party. Apparently, King doesn’t understand why people are so concerned about non-white “subgroups” having positions in the party when they hardly “contributed to civilization.”
Steve King: “This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie. I mean, I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
Steve King: “Than Western civilization itself that’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America, and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world. That’s all of Western civilization.”
Now, many people are upset with King’s rhetoric, but I can’t help but wonder am I the only African-American that agrees with him? He stands correct in that no other non-white sub-group has contributed to Western civilization in ways that whites have.
When King made his comments, the first thing that many people thought of was how the country was built by the blood, pain, oppression, rape, forced free labor, and murder of African slaves. Others reflected on the spread of disease by Europeans to the Natives, genocide of, and stolen land from the Natives. Some considered the slew of wars that were perpetrated for the purposes of colonialism and imperialism by the Europeans.
However, this was King’s entire point. This country was stolen and built savagely by colonialist Europeans and no other non-white sub-group contributed to that. Whites own that, and deserve full recognition for it.
As you listen to King’s remarks, don’t concern yourself with how Counter Punch so eloquently articulates that:
- Slavery was central to the establishment of the industries that today dominate the U.S. economy: real estate, insurance and finance.
- African slaves built the physical wall that gives Wall Street its name, forming the northern boundary of the Dutch colony designed to ward off resisting natives who wanted their land back
- Many prominent American banks including JP Morgan and Wachovia Corp made fortunes from slavery and accepted slaves as “collateral”.
- Racial Capitalism exercises its authority over the Black minority through an oppressive array of modern day lynchings by the police, increasing for-profit mass incarceration and institutionally driven racial economic inequality.
Of course we all know that through forced free labor, slaves developed America into the modern, industrial, and capitalist economy that exists today. Furthermore, yes, if it weren’t for the Natives having their people slaughtered and land stolen, this country wouldn’t begin to be the most powerful nation to date.
Still, none of this dismisses the fact that barbaric, European savages perpetrated atrocities against the same non-white sub-groups that they confidently suggest have made no real contributions to Western civilization. The fact is that while white supremacists are too quick to highlight what they believe to be “their” accomplishments towards Western civilization, they fail to highlight how Europeans are fully responsible for the destruction of most civilizations around the world!
And also, for the record, I know white supremacists worship this man because according to their history books, if Christopher Columbus hadn’t discovered America there would be no Western Civilization. However, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but according to Global Research, “it is impossible to discover a people and a continent that was already there and thriving with culture. Contrary to popular belief, African American history did not start with slavery in the New World. An overwhelming body of new evidence is emerging which proves that Africans had frequently sailed across the Atlantic to the Americas, thousands of years before Columbus and indeed before Christ.”
I just thought that I’d remind the Steve King’s of “Western Civilization” of this fun fact, just in case they forgot or were under the impression that European “sub-groups” are responsible for discovering the Americas. I’d advise anyone under the impression that Columbus is the “hero” who discovered this country to read, “They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America (Journal of African Civilizations).”
But the bottom line is this. There would be no civilization, at all, if it weren’t for those non-white sub-groups that King, and so many that share his sentiments, have marginalized.
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