Dr. King's Contemporary Relevance

Rep. Steve King

Rep. Steve King. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — As we honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, consider how another King is underscoring the contemporary relevance of Dr. King’s struggle.

That would be Iowa Congressman Steve King, facing near-universal condemnation after he capped off years of racist comments by saying to a New York Times reporter: “White nationalist, white supremacist…how did that language become offensive?”

Congressman King has apparently been so busy stereotyping people of color and railing against integration that he hasn’t had time to keep up with the news, like the hate speech of the alt-right marchers in Charlottesville who glorified our segregationist past.

And he seemingly hasn’t had much time to study history, like the white supremacy and rabid nationalism that formed the basis of the Third Reich.

And let’s face it, busy bigots like Steve King don’t have a chance to brush up on the Declaration of Independence, which states that “all men are created equal.”

Perhaps Rep. King could take some time today, the national holiday honoring Dr. King’s lifelong battle against white supremacy, to reflect on his woeful ignorance.

As Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore put it last year, “it is to our shame that we ignored our own doctrines to advance something as clearly demonic.”

Happy King Day, Rep. King.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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