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Steve King: Racial Profiling Not an Issue in Ferguson as Protestors Are of the Same “Continental Origin”

Congressman Steve King.

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Iowa Rep. Steve King sees no reason to consider the possibility of racial profiling in the recent standoff between police and protestors in Ferguson, Missouri because the protestors seem to all be of the same “continental origin.”

The Republican blurted the faux pas during an interview on Newsmax TV on Wednesday. In response to the host’s question about Congressional Black Caucus members raising concerns to Missouri’s attorney general on the likelihood of racial profiling in the Ferguson unrest, King said:

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This idea of no racial profiling…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, you know, of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.

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Read the rest of Slate’s coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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