An MLK message: We can do better

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Current events pose the question: How far have we really come?

REP. STEVE KING represents a district in northwest Iowa that includes Sioux City, so he's a Midwesterner like us and folks in Wisconsin ought to care what he says and does. In fact, all Americans should care.

This is what he said, in an interview with the New York Times: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization - how did that language become offensive?"

Congress passed a resolution condemning his words, which amounted to what one Illinois congressman termed "not worth the paper it's printed on."

Let's also note what the Republican Party's only black U.S. senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, wrote: "When people with opinions similar to King's open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole. Some in our party wonder why Republicans are constantly accused of racism - it is because of our silence when things like this are said." To Scott's point, one cannot help but remember how President Trump fumbled in the wake of racially-motivated violence at Charlottesville.

ADJACENT TO THIS commentary, we reprint the text of a speech given during a Martin Luther King holiday observance by Marc Perry of Community Action, Inc. Take the time to read it.

Insightfully, Perry wonders if the hard-fought message Dr. King brought to America has now become "more rhetoric than reality."

Indeed.

As another national holiday has come and gone ... we can do better than this.

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