U.S. Rep. Steve King said the African-American community in Ferguson, Mo., should “settle down” and “straighten up and fly right,” and suggested a tattoo parlor was not damaged in rioting because of blacks’ existing relationships with the owners, in an interview posted Thursday on the conservative news website Newsmax.
King, an Iowa Republican known for inflammatory rhetoric, criticized President Barack Obama’s response to the unfolding tensions in the St. Louis suburb, which were sparked last weekend by the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teen.
“The president should just be the moral leader at this point and call out the community to settle down,” King said. “I’m not hearing that happen.”
It was one of several statements in the roughly four-minute interview in which he placed the blame for the unrest squarely on the mostly black residents of Ferguson.