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Did Steve King Really Say White Civilization Is Superior? Yes He Did. Roger Algase

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Rep. Steve King (R - Iowa), an anti-immigrant hard-liner and member of the Subcommittee on Immigration of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and who has in the past called DREAMERS "drug mules", has recently drawn intense criticism for recent comments during a televised discussion allegedly implying that Western, i.e. white, civilization is, and always has been, superior to all others. Is this criticism fair or accurate?

Let us look at Rep. King's exact words, as reported in the New York Daily Mews on July 19. They were as follows:

"I would ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about. Where did any other [non-white] subgroup contribute more to civilization?"

See:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.2717525

It is worth noting that King was not referring just to recent history or any specific historical time. Instead he said:

"...go back through history..."

History, for most people, means the past 5,000 years, ever since the invention of writing. To argue that only white people have contributed to civilization during this period and that the great civilizations of ancient Egypt, China, India, Sumer, Babylonia and many other places either did not exist or were not worth talking about shows either appalling ignorance about world history or an equally appalling lack of regard for the reality of that history.

Of course, this does not mean that non-white civilizations were only important in ancient times. They have been so at all times throughout all of recorded history, right up to the present. Did Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King contribute nothing to modern world civilization?

Later, according to the same news report, Rep. Steve King tried to "clarify" the above statement as follows, telling ABC:

"What I really said was 'Western Civilization' and when you describe Western civilization that can mean much of Western Civilization happens to be Caucasians. But we should not apologize for our culture or our civilization."

Yes, Western civilization was in large part the product of white people, because most Westerners happen to be white. But, while there can be no question that Western civilization has made great contributions to human civilization in general, does that mean it is a superior civilization compared to the other great civilizations of the world in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas? ? And who is asking anyone to apologize for Western civilization?

Rep. King also appears not to have the slightest knowledge of the enormous contributions that other parts of the world have made to specifically Western civilization, such as the great scientific inventions in China including gunpowder, without which that shining example of American culture, the NRA, would not exist.

Of course, it would be expecting too much to think that Rep. King, who was quoted in the Washington Post on October 12, 2015 as saying the following:

"But I can't find models of the folks that, say, do the hajj to Mecca, I can't find models where they've assimilated into the broader culture of civilization wherever they've gone"


See:

www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/10/12/steve-king-cant-think-of-time-when-muslims-assimilated-into-the-broader-culture-of-civilization

would know anything about how medieval Muslim scholars preserved ancient Greek philosophy and transmitted it to Europe at a time when this very great product of Western civilization had been almost entirely lost in the West. See:

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Greek Sources in Arabic and Islamic Philosophy (2009, 2013)

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/arabic-islamic-greek/

But in one sense, Rep. Steve King has done all of us a favor. He has clearly shown the real motivation behind Donald Trump's draconian immigration proposals, which are now owned by the Republican party itself, including the Wall with Mexico, mass expulsion of 12 million mainly non-white immigrants who lack legal status in America, and a ban on entry by most, if not all, of the world's Muslims - namely that the "civilizations and cultures" of non-white countries and areas throughout the world are allegedly "inferior" to those associated with white people in Western countries.

How someone with such bigoted views could have been chosen by the House Republican leadership to serve on a committee responsible for immigration policy is something that only those same leaders might be able to explain.

But the above immigration proposals are the same ones which are now being so enthusiastically put forward by Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump and supported by his screaming shouting, white supremacist followers at the Republican National Convention.
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger's practice is focused primarily on H-1B specialty occupation and O-1 extraordinary ability work visas, J-1 training visas, and on green cards through labor certification and opposite sex or same sex marriage. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com






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Updated 07-21-2016 at 08:53 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Zober's Avatar
    Miracles exist!
    This is the first time in a long time that Roger Algase focus his posts on another bullshitter (in this case Congressman Steven King), instead diatribing the already boring reality-show entertainer Donald Trump.

    There is no such thing as a "white" race, Americans of European ancestry are in reality crossbreds from many ethnic groups, ranging from areas in Northern Europe, the Urals, Asia minor, the Middle East and Northern Africa, thus these people are indeed Hitler's Mischlinge.

    Moreover, about 70% of "white" Americans can trace their roots to the indigenous people in North America: during colonial times miscegenation between Native Americans and European settlers was intense and common (God Bless the British Empire for not placing obstacles in the human evolution).

    The core issue here is that many "white mestizos" in America are still today extremely apprehensive (or embarrased) to disclose their full heritage, in order to avoid being ostracized...and most likely, Congressman King loves to appeal to bullshit related to the so-called "Western Civilization" in order to hide his real heritage (like Adolph Hitler trying to cover his Ashkenazim roots).

    It would be extremely interesting that Roger Algase discloses his full heritage and religious affiliation in order to understand his views about ethnicity and politics within the immigration context.
  2. Registered666's Avatar
    "Munich Police: Islamic Terrorists Not Connected to Mall Attack"
    An eyewitness told German media that one of the attackers, outfitted with military-style boots, screamed "Scheib Auslander," German for "F**king Migrants."

    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160722/1043492945/munich-mall-terror-connections.html

    Desi Unregistered 222 must be extremely disspointed that the attackers were not Muslims, instead the are "indigenous" Germans.
  3. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Sorry, retard, you are wrong again. By the way, why would you even read Russian neo-Nazi sites like SPUTNIK news? Are you complete moron or Nazi scum?

    And now - the real story! Looks like fake mozlem "refugee" strikes again killing innocent children this. How surprising I guess Trump is 100% right about cracking down on fake mozlem "refugees".

    "gunman shouting 'Allahu Akbar' opened fire at children in McDonald's before rampaging through a shopping mall, killing at least eight people"

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html



    Quote Originally Posted by Registered666
    "Munich Police: Islamic Terrorists Not Connected to Mall Attack"
    An eyewitness told German media that one of the attackers, outfitted with military-style boots, screamed "Scheib Auslander," German for "F**king Migrants."

    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160722/1043492945/munich-mall-terror-connections.html

    Desi Unregistered 222 must be extremely disspointed that the attackers were not Muslims, instead the are "indigenous" Germans.
  4. Unregistered222's Avatar
    So, it is finalized now. The Munich massacre shooter, who killed innocent children is officially a 18 year old fake mozlem "refugee" Nothing unexpected, Jihad mozlems strike again killing innocent children (who are infidels to them). Like they do in Israel all the time.

    Today Trump got many many many votes.
  5. Registered666's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered222
    So, it is finalized now. The Munich massacre shooter, who killed innocent children is officially a 18 year old fake mozlem "refugee" Nothing unexpected, Jihad mozlems strike again killing innocent children (who are infidels to them). Like they do in Israel all the time.

    Today Trump got many many many votes.
    "Ich bin Deutscher"

    WATCH: ?I Am German? Munich Shooting Gunman Video
    http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/munich-shooting-video-gunman-shooter-rooftop-i-am-german-ich-bin-deutscher-youtube-muslim-twitter-islam-allahu-akbar-watch-uncensored-isis-nazi-neo-right-wing-immigrants-native/

    Maybe Unregistered 222 is a "Desi" supremacist who believes that Muslims are impure (he definitive carries the trauma of being a lower caste, so this fool needs to discharge his frustrations on other people).

    BTW, thanks for probing beyond reasonable doubt that your idiocy is incurable.
  6. Registered666's Avatar
    Just to add the following:

    Ali Sonboly: Everything we know about the Munich gunman
    The Munich gunman was a ?depressed? teenager who grew obsessed with mass shootings after being bullied at school and may have been inspired by Norwegian extremist Anders Breivik, it emerged on Saturday.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/23/munich-shooting-everything-we-know-about-the-shopping-centre-gun/

    Definitively, Unregistered 222 is a "Desi" supremacist who carries misanthropic views on Muslims, which are fed by his frustration of not being able to qualify for a US residency.
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