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This excerpt from “The Week” is at once scary and ominous since Rep. King is a sitting member of Congress and I can name a few contributions.  Lewis H. Latimer 1848-1928 He was a pioneer in the development of the electric light bulb. He was also the only black member of the Edison Pioneers, a group of inventors and scientists who worked with Thomas Edison.He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848 and was raised in Boston. He enlisted in the Navy and served as a cabin boy on the U.S.S Massaoitta at the age of sixteen. Latimer was given the assignment to draw plans for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone patent . In 1879 Latimer went to work as a draftsman for Hiram Maxim, who invented the machine gun and headed the electric lighting company. Latimer worked on improving the quality of the carbon filament used in the light bulb. In 1882 he received a patent for an improved process for manufacturing carbon filaments. He died in 1928 and a school was named after him in Brooklyn, New York on May 10,1968.

Gerrett A. Morgan 1875-1963 He is best remembered for his invention of the gas mask and the three-way traffic signal. Morgan was born on March 4,1875 in Paris, Kentucky. He left school after fifth grade at the age of fourteen. He left Kentucky and headed for Cincinnati, Ohio and got a job as a handy man in a sewing shop. Morgan directed his attention to the frequent instances of firemen being overcome by fumes and thick smoke when they went into burning buildings. He perfected breathing device which he patented in 1914. In 1923 Morgan patented an automatic traffic signal which he sold to the General Electric Company for four thousand dollars. In 1963 Garrett A. Morgan died at the age of 88 in Cleveland, Ohio after he was ill for two years.

 In space exploration, there have been ten Hispanic astronauts, including Franklin Chang-Daz and Ellen Ochoa. This list could go on forever.

Republican National Convention

Rep. Steve King wonders aloud on national television what contributions non-whites have made throughout history

July 18, 2016

Don’t expect to see Iowa Rep. Steve King (R) leading the Republican Party’s minority outreach any time soon.

During an appearance Monday afternoon on MSNBC, Charles Pierce, writer-at-large for Esquire, said while discussing the Republican National Convention that if “you’re really optimistic, you could say this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican Party’s attention, it’s platform, it’s public face.” King responded by saying, “This whole ‘white people’ business, though, does get a little tired, Charlie. I mean, 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 sub-group of people contribute more to civilization?”

After being pressed by an incredulous Chris Hayes if he was really talking about white people, King backed off, and said he meant “western civilization.”

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