How have nonwhites contributed to human civilization?

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Iowa Congressman Steve King looks for a pheasant in a field below during the last day of the Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt outside of Akron, Iowa, on November 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Iowa Congressman Steve King looks for a pheasant in a field below during the last day of the Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt outside of Akron, Iowa, on November 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

CLEVELAND (RNS) This is the second in the “Ask the Literalist” series of advice columns.

Dear The Literalist,

This ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired. I’d 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’re talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?

Sincerely,

The Honorable Steve King, Member of the United States House of Representatives from the State of Iowa

Dear Racist in Congress,

Have you wondered why so many Republicans, including the sitting Governor of Ohio, won’t come within one thousand miles of your party’s convention this week? They knew you’d spew white supremacy vaguely. That wasn’t an invitation to spew it bluntly. But congrats, you won a news cycle by blurting this out on MSNBC and in the process out-crazying the other crazies in Cleveland.

So what have nonwhites done for civilization? How about founding every major world religion. Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism… That’s not to say white folk in “Western civilization” haven’t added anything (Mormonism), but it’s the footnote to the story of human religious contributions.

And yes, your beloved Christianity was founded by a nonwhite “subgroup” during the Roman Empire. And while we’re on the topic, the most influential Christian leader of the 20th century was a member of a nonwhite “subgroup” named Martin Luther King, Jr. And my guess is the most influential Christian of the 21st century will also be a member of a nonwhite “subgroup” because: the country. Is becoming. More diverse. And so is the Church. And you can’t reverse it, Steve King. You only can look like a fool trying.

Best regards,

The Literalist

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