After the vivacity of the March for Our Lives this past Saturday, far-right trolls quickly took to social media in a desperate bid to diminish the powerful call for common-sense gun reform across the country.
The backlash was not unexpected, but one Facebook post in particular caught the eye of Rachel Gonzalez, another teenaged political activist who coincidentally shares a surname with Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez.
The post in question came from notorious white supremacist Congressman Steve King (R-IA), who shared a meme of a juxtaposed a still image from Emma’s epic speech on Saturday with this quote:
“This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens; hence their right to self defense.”
King didn’t let the post linger on social media and pulled it amid backlash for the post. Thankfully, Rachel Gonzalez took a screenshot and posted the image to her Twitter to forever shame the bumbling NRA-stooge:
Republican Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) has deleted this Facebook post but I have it saved.
RT to show everyone the hate from Representative King. pic.twitter.com/TzYjcf9cdy
— Rachel R. Gonzalez (@RachelGonKCMO) March 25, 2018
The hypocrisy here is incredible, considering that Steve King once kept a Confederate flag on his desk to proclaim his racism to the world even though Iowa fought on the Union side of the Civil War.
King’s commentary is difficult to read given that it’s just an emoji accompanying a meme by some unknown social media gun nut who decided that attacking Gonzalez’s heritage was relevant and appropriate to the discussion on gun violence.
In the photo, Ms. Gonzalez’s jacket is visibly covered in pins and patches, most indiscernible from the angle of the shot. Prominently featured on her left shoulder is a patch of a Cuban flag, affixed there to celebrate her family’s cultural heritage, not to make a statement about the government of Cuba.
What exactly does King mean when he approvingly shares something that says “this is how you look”? Emma, featured in profile, is stoic with a sense of hope emanating from her chin held high. By contrast, King’s post, now forever etched into the digital ether, was a sad attack on a young girl fighting for the lives of those just like her.
Mr. King, this is how YOU look after creating such a slanderous post – like a congressman whose days in power are numbered.