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Response to Congressman Steve King’s words on Twitter: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Dear Mr. King,

After reading your tweet from May 12th, 2017 “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” I felt I did not wish to arrive too hastily upon a judgment that might not reflect on your actual actions. I decided to investigate further before arriving at any conclusions. My search began by looking you up on the internet, reading several news articles, then I watched your interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN.

I had expressed wariness earlier in denouncing you as a racist and a bigot, I still wanted to give you another chance. After watching your interview, I visited your twitter profile and went through a number of your tweets. I observed that prior to tweeting the above comment to Mr. Geert Wilders (who incidentally lost the Dutch election) you also tweeted last year “Wishing you successful vote. Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.” This particular tweet addressed not only Mr. Wilders but also Ms. Frauke Petre, both ultra right wing European politicians. Both known widely for their anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant narrative in Germany and in the Netherlands.

It seems incongruous that in 2017 an American citizen would actually believe that “there are civilizations that produce very little, if any. This Western civilization is a superior civilization, and we want to share it with everybody.”[1] I was further appalled to discover your xenophobia towards the Hispanic community whom you have repeatedly maligned, claiming four different American cities as the most violent in the world, due to their high levels of immigration from below America’s southern borders.[2] With these comments you choose to ignore the impact of continuous war and devastation on these populations. Violent gangs, like the Zetas, operating amongst unprotected villages and towns in Mexico, were formed by ex soldiers trained in American military facilities. They were originally formed in the 1990’s and trained at the famous School of the Americas in Georgia now rechristened as the Western Institute of Security Cooperation.[3] Due to lack of access to domestic resolutions, created in part by decades of colonialism and inept leaders, many of these same people you accuse of being “violent” have been unable to gain access to fundamental rights in their country of origin and seek these rights in another country.[4]

When you say that Western civilization is superior to other civilizations, do you take into account the various genocides committed under its name, in order for you to gain your “superior vision and outlook?” Do you realize that Americans proudly acknowledge their patriotism towards America, a nation named after a foreigner — the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespuci? Just as the namesake of this country is borrowed from an outsider, so is the entire landmass of the United States — borrowed, stolen or bought by deceit from the actual inhabitants of this land, the native population. On what premise then, can your argument “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” be taken seriously?

[1] Friedersdorf, Conor. “Why Won’t Steve King Assimilate and Embrace American Values?” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 14 Mar. 2017.

[2] Account, Steve KingVerified. “Steve King (@SteveKingIA).” Twitter. Twitter, 04 Apr. 2017. Web.

[3] Martinez, Oscar. The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail. London: Verso, 2014. Print.

[4] Betts, Alexander. “Survival Migration.” Survival Migration (2013): n. pag.