Steve King has done it again. He continues to stick his foot in his mouth with racial rhetoric declaring that diversity is not an American strength. "Assimilation has become a dirty word to the multicultural left," he tweeted recently. "Assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength."

Maybe Mr. King needs a history and English lesson. You can't assimilate people into a society without diversity. The definition of assimilation is "to cause a person or group to become part of a different society, country, etc."

Diversity is defined as "the state of having races who have different cultures in a group or organization."

Mr. King, I don't know who was your history and English teacher. But I don't think you learned much of either. America was built on both diversity and assimilation. You can't have one without the other.

In a Dec. 12 Letter to the Editor headlined "She's alarmed by rhetoric of Steve King," the writer criticizes Mr. King, saying, "Diversity is our strength. Without it we are simply mindless clones."

Diversity comes first, followed by assimilation, Mr. King. Get educated.

Iowa's 4th District continues to elect someone who is, in my opinion, a simple-minded racist who continues to embarrass us. When will it come to an end? We need to recall Mr. King. - Carl Hardy, Sioux City

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