Rep. Steve King (R-IA), onracial and gay slurs
being hurled at Democratic congressmen: “I just don’t think it’s
anything. … There are a lot of places in this country that I couldn’t
walk through. I wouldn’t live to get to the other end of it.”
And you know, I’m sure if somebody asked him, he’d say that there was some mythical black or Hispanic neighborhood someplace where his pasty, privileged ass was in danger. Because I can look at that photo and hear the minivan’s automatic door locks ker-thunk into place as he drives past anywhere that has a sign in Spanish. It wouldn’t be unusual for him to think he’d be unsafe there. Many white folks do consider themselves unsafe in minority neighborhoods, and it’s because they have never spent any real time there, but that’s another post entirely.
However, there is ample historical precedent for large angry groups of straight white men getting very seriously violent with any minority, woman, hell person who crossed their straight white angry path. It’s not about there being a place where you’d feel strange. It’s about getting a bunch of assholes together, hopping them up on political crack, and then setting them loose on the people you’ve just tarred as wanting to destroy their way of life. There are many, many ways that that has gone bad. It’s not the same thing as taking a wrong turn down an unfamiliar street.