Quoting MLK and denouncing racism isn’t enough

On Tuesday Congressman Cline posted on Facebook:

Today would have been the 90th birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King, and we are still striving to achieve Dr. King’s vision of a Nation “where our children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Earlier today, I spoke to members of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at their “Day at the Capitol.” I joined a bipartisan group of Representatives who assured the AJC audience that we stand united against anti-Semitism and in defense of the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel.

I then joined my House colleagues in voting for House Resolution 41, which denounced white supremacy, white nationalism, and the racist remarks of Rep. Steve King. Republican Leader McCarthy made the correct decision yesterday to remove Rep. King from his committees, and I hope that the Republicans of Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District will, in determining whether or not to nominate Congressman King for re-election next year, reflect on our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, who stood for a Nation “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

I am proud to stand with my colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, in condemning racism and in supporting President Lincoln’s fervent prayer that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

I appreciate Cline’s willingness to denounce white supremacy and call out Steve King by name for his hateful comments. It’s a refreshing contrast to his predecessor Bob Goodlatte, who appointed King chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice and called him “well-suited” for the position. King’s racism was evident years ago, but Goodlatte and many other Republicans chose to overlook it.

But as the Republican-enabled government shutdown drags on, Cline might want to think about what Martin Luther King– a true friend of labor— would have said about forcing people to work for weeks (or longer) without badly-needed pay to support themselves and their families.

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