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RaceAhead: King and Watson and The Sins of the Present

Posted On: Jan 15, 2019   |   Posted By: Fortune

Last night, House Republican leaders voted to remove Rep. Steve King of Iowa from his posts on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees, a direct rebuke for his white supremacist statements. Although some of his colleagues chided him in the past, it did seem a bit like a sudden pile-on. Even Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell suggested that King should consider "another line of work."
Perhaps Mr. King, who barely won his bid for his ninth term last November in a surprisingly tight race against a solid Democratic challenger in a conservative district, had finally worn out his welcome.
But he's not the only one.
James Watson, a trail-blazing DNA scientist and 1962 Nobel Prize winner, is being stripped of his honorary titles after he made blatantly racist comments in a recent PBS documentary “ American Masters: Decoding Watson .”
Watson, 90, is best known for co-discovering the double-helix structure of DNA with Francis Crick (based on the work by chemist Rosalind Franklin .) He should have been...

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