Rep. Steve King says the Ferguson P.D. can’t be racially profiling because everyone there is black

Rep. Steve King then said he rejects "race-based politics" VIDEO

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Rep. Steve King says the Ferguson P.D. can't be racially profiling because everyone there is blackSteve King (Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster)

On Wednesday, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said there was no need to be concerned about racial profiling on the part of the Ferguson police because the protesters are all of one “continental origin.” He was talking about North America … right? That has to be it.

He appeared on Newsmax TV yesterday to discuss the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Congressional Black Caucus’ call for the Department of Justice to investigate a history of racial profiling by the town’s police.

“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.”

“I just reject race-based politics, identity politics,” he continued. “I think we’re all God’s children. We all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior.”

Joanna Rothkopf
Joanna Rothkopf is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on science, health and society. Follow @JoannaRothkopf or email jrothkopf@salon.com.

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