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Rep. Steve King Says Racial Profiling Doesn’t Apply in Ferguson Because Everyone is Black

An Iowa Republican proved just how out of touch he was this week when he told a Newsmax TV host that, at least according to him, there is no need to investigate racial profiling in Ferguson. After all, as far as he can tell, everyone there is black.

Earlier this week the Congressional Black Caucus called for the Department of Justice to launch an investigation of the department and how it treats African-Americans, especially after the death of Michael Brown. King, however, said such measures would not be necessary.

“This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

First off, a certain ‘continental origin’ is not exactly the way to ‘phrase that’ unless you are actually trying to be racist, which seems most certainly likely in this case.

The bigger problem, though, is that according to King’s logic, racial profiling doesn’t exist at all in communities that are predominately African-American because apparently if everyone is equally vulnerable to police brutality and bad treatment from the cops then that is no longer a problem, at least to him.

Of course, King immediately stressed that he is not being racist with his claims and, in fact, unlike the Black Congressional Caucus, he is above talking about race at all.

“I just reject race-based politics, identity politics,” King stressed during the interview, apparently thinking if he denies racial tensions in America they will go away.

“I think we’re all God’s children. We all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior,” the concluded, unable to explain how if this is actually so, why some groups of ‘God’s children’ to keep getting targeted by cops.

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