Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) opposes a federal grant for a local community college to add 25 books on Islamic cultures to its library.
“It is appalling to me that a federal agency like [National Endowment for the Humanities] is wasting taxpayer money on programs like this,” Jones said, according The Hill. “It makes zero sense for the U.S. government to borrow money from China in order to promote the culture of Islamic civilizations.”
Since the NEH is charged primarily with funding educational programs, what exactly would Jones like to see the agency doing instead?
Late last year, Jones appeared on the white nationalist radio show Political Cesspool. James Edwards, the host of the show, has called David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, “above reproach.” Among Political Cesspool’s national sponsors are the Council of Conservative Citizens, which have called African-Americans a “retrograde species of humanity.”
“If the college intends to accept the NEH Muslim Journey’s Bookshelf grant, I trust that you and the board would agree that your own policy requires it to also accept a donation of resources on Christianity and America’s Judeo-Christian roots,” Jones said in a letter to the Chair of the Craven-Pamlico Community College’s Board of Trustees, hoping to bully the school out of even having books about Islamic societies around the world.
Jones has used his office as a platform to espouse his radical views about American society in the past. Most recently, he co-sponsored a bill that would undermine the Fourteenth Amendment. As part of the Immigration Reform Caucus, he is a regular vehicle for moving the ideas of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) into legislation. The anti-birthright bill was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a likely candidate for the next chair of the Immigration Reform Caucus.
Over the past year, Jones has increasingly cozied up to white nationalists, the anti-immigrant movement, and Islamophobia. Is this who should decide what North Carolina students can and can’t read?