It was a lively time yesterday in the House Judiciary Committee. One member asked another “to go in the back at talk” about New Orleans” after a member compared crime in Guatemala to the famous southern city.
“We’re going to lose all civility in this committee if he thinks it’s appropriate to compare New Orleans to Guatemala,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who represents New Orleans, yesterday in the House Judiciary Committee..
“The gentleman from Iowa [King] has a right to make a statistical comparison between two locations,” the Chairman of the full committee responded.
“Well, you’re comparing the people in the locations. That would be like me comparing him to somebody in the Klan. I don’t have any basis to do that,” Richmond responded to Goodlatte.
“We just had a conversation about civility in this United States Congress. Now I wear badges of bipartisanship because I actually take up and stand up for principles. I am not going to sit here and let him do that,” Richmond continued referring to feelings around the House after the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and others last week. “Now, if the gentleman persists on it, then let’s go in the back and have the conversation about New Orleans. But I am not going to sit here and do that.”
“If it takes walking across over there, then I’m prepared to do that too. But it’s not appropriate, it’s insensitive, and it’s nothing more then traditional white privilege of let me criticize a minority city. Now take it how you want. I’m telling you how I feel.”
Rep. Steve King, a republican of Iowa has a well known history of making racist statements regarding immigrants and others.