U.S. President Donald Trump’s dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and all of Africa as “shithole countries” whose people are not desirable for U.S. immigration shocked people around the world and provoked swift condemnation.
Trump made the remarks Thursday during a White House meeting with U.S. lawmakers. And reactions from around the world were swift.
“The African Union Commission is frankly alarmed at statements by the president of the United States when referring to migrants of African countries and others in such contemptuous terms,” said Ebba Kalondo, the spokeswoman for commission chair Moussa Faki. “Considering the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the U.S. during the Atlantic slave trade, this flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice.”
She added that the statement was particularly unpleasant coming from the leader of a country that is a “global example” of how a strong and diverse country can be the product of migration.
To add to Kalondo’s statement, here are 10 tweets that prove Trump’s statement is nothing other than vulgar racist abuse:
- Nigerian Immigrants in the U.S. are more financially stable than Americans
43% of immigrants from “shithole” African countries have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 33% of the overall American population.
“Nigerian-Americans, for instance, have a median household income well above the American average.”https://t.co/Vmk3vkOLyd
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 11, 2018
2. These African capitals are as ‘un-shithole’ as they come
If this is “shithole” then don’t know what good is
4. Abuja pic.twitter.com/FGodSwuqa9
— Sure Kamhunga (@sure_kamhunga) January 12, 2018
3. Africa actually contributed (in a big way) to Trump’s America being what it is today
Donald Trump says Africans live in shit-hole countries & we shouldn’t be allowed in the US. He forgot how America was built using slaves from Africa. Many countries became rich by exploitating our natural resources, this is how they thank us. Oprah must just run for President.
— Tebogo Ditshego (@TebogoDitshego) January 12, 2018
4. Because Africa is blessed
What makes Africa such a shithole? Our diverse cultures? Who wants immense culture that results in opening our minds. Our people? Who wants warm, diverse people. Wildlife? There's Disney's Animal Kingdom&zoos for that! Our resources? Who needs gold, platinum, copper and diamonds.
— Ujjal (@ujjal_valjee) January 12, 2018
5. This is a view of Africa
— H11✨ (@HelevenEleven) January 12, 2018
6. There’s no country called “Shithole Republic” in Africa
Gosh, #POTUS Donald Trump knows a lot about Africa. Where is the Republic of Shitholia?
— Evita Bezuidenhout (@TannieEvita) January 12, 2018
7. Quick maths, Trump is racist.
donald trump is a racist, and with so much evidence to prove it, it’s absurd that it’s still almost taboo to say it in print https://t.co/wuHRMuS6Js
— jamelle minus 1 is 3 that's quick maths (@jbouie) January 12, 2018
8. Most people would rather live in Africa than anywhere else in the world
I've been reading about Trump's latest insult this morning. I'm so glad that I live in one of the countries he refers to as a "shithole". I would far rather live here than there, despite our big problems. That oxygen thief has set America back so far, it is incomprehensible.
— Lee-Anne (@LeegallyRed) January 12, 2018
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