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|Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by chizgold80: 1:11am On Jan 14|
For those of you who have attempted to use the sad state of Nigeria and, perhaps, a few other African countries, to justify and rationalize what is on its face the most grotesque and egregious case of bone-deep racism and xenophobia, the problem with your argument is that it fails to take into account a long historical background to Donald Trump's racism.
Granted, if anybody else, if Barack Obama, had used those same derogatory slurs for Africa, it would not have provoked as much reaction and backlash. But here you have a man who all his life has not only expressed, but has also practiced, his racial animus against Black people and anybody who does not look like him. Here you have a man who would discriminate against Black people in housing and renting. He would not rent to Black people and would mark a 'C' for colored on any nonwhite housing application. He was severally sued for it, and severally found to have done so by the courts, and ordered to pay damages.
So, there is a history here. It is that history that those of us on this side of the argument are looking at. His shithole shenanigan is not an isolated behavior. But even for argument sake, even assuming that this is a one-off isolated behavior, the comment is still a textbook definition of racism. Notice that he didn't just voice his hatred for Haitians, Salvadorans, and Africans, whom he called shithole countries, Donald Trump in that same meeting expressed his preference for white European immigrants. He stated that America should be accepting immigration only from countries like Norway, not Black shithole countries.
But besides saying that Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations are "shithole countries," Trump also recently said in a closed-door meeting about immigration that all Haitians "have AIDS" and that once Nigerians saw the U.S. they would never "go back to their huts." (forgetting that Nigerian immigrants are, in fact, the most educated group in the U.S., surpassing white and Asian people.)
About Black people, according to the 1991 book, "Trumped", Donald Trump said that Black people were inherently lazy and that he disliked having accountants who were Black. "Black guys counting my money! I hate it," Trump said. "The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes everyday." He went on, "I think that the guy is lazy, and it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in Blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not something they can control."
What about the Central Park Five? After four Black teenagers and a Latino teen were charged with the brutal rape and beating of a woman in 1989, Trump took a full-page ad in four newspapers calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty. The teens, known as the Central Park Five, were exonerated in 2002 after a convicted murderer and rapist confessed to the crime. The man's confession was corroborated through DNA evidence, and the authorities never found forensic evidence that connected the Central Park Five to the rape.
But even after it was proven that the men were innocent, throughout the years Trump has continued to say they're guilty. And as recent as October 2016, Trump still believes the Central Park Five are guilty, even though the men have been exonerated by the legal system.
What about Native Americans? In 1993, Trump testified at a hearing held by the House Native American Affairs subcommittee, which at the time was investigating organized crime in Native American casinos. Without offering proof, Trump told lawmakers it was "obvious" that the Mafia had infiltrated the casinos. "They don’t look like Indians to me," he said. "They don’t look like Indians to Indians." And during the 2016 presidential campaign, and now as president, Trump has called Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" as a way to mock her claim of Native American heritage. Native Americans have said the term is derogatory over and over again, but that hasn't stopped Donald Trump from using it, even in front of Navajo veterans last November.
Don't forget his hatred for Muslims. In late 2015, Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
Trump also insulted a Muslim Gold Star family in 2016. Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim Army captain, was killed in Iraq in 2004. His parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared at the Democratic National Convention, where Khizr gave a speech in which he said Trump had never sacrificed anything and offered to lend the then-candidate his pocket-sized version of the U.S. Constitution.
Trump criticized them and said Khizr delivered the speech because Ghazala wasn't "allowed" to speak. "If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me,” Trump said to ABC News. Ghazala Khan wrote in an op-ed that her husband asked whether she wanted to speak at the convention, but she chose not to because it was too upsetting.
Of course, his hatred for President Obama. For five years, Donald Trump was the most vocal supporter of a conspiracy theory falsely claiming that President Obama was not born in the United States — even after the White House released Obama's birth certificate proving he was indeed born in Hawaii. It took until September 2016 for him to disavow the theory. However, since then he has questioned once again the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate in private conversations. Also, he doubted that Obama went to Harvard, demanding that Obama release his transcripts. That Obama was the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review was of no consequence to Donald Trump.
And how can anyone forget how Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015? His speech, where he decried Mexicans as rapists, caused instant outrage. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," he said, before adding, "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
In 2016, Trump attacked Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge from Indiana born to Mexican parents who presided over two Trump University lawsuits. Trump said Curiel should recuse himself from the trial, because he was biased. "He’s a Mexican," he said. "We’re building a wall between here and Mexico." Even House Speaker Paul Ryan called the remarks against Curiel a "textbook definition of a racist comment."
What about Donald Trump's shameful display of racism in the aftermath of the August 11 and 12 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia that took the life of one and injured dozens of others? A man who would not condemn a David Duke KKK neo-Nazi white supremacist violence, choosing instead to draw silly moral equivalency and spread blames on both sides. So, there is a history here.
I can understand the politics of your argument because I know your politics. All of you, Nigerians, who have attempted to justify and rationalize Donald Trump's blatant racism in calling the African continent shithole countries, are anti-Buharists. You hate Buhari, and you see Trump's racist attack as a jab on the Buhari government and its dismal performance. It is the classic enemy of my enemy is my friend. That's ok, I have no major problem with that kind of attitude. You are entitled to dislike Buhari. I'm not sure I like him either. But it is totally disingenuous and, frankly, irresponsible to make common cause with a bigoted racist, whose Hitlerian contempt and hate for nonwhite humanity has no equal, just because you don't like the current government in Nigeria.
Buhari and his incompetence and ineptitude is an internal matter. We will deal with it internally. I'm sure Nigerians are looking forward to 2019 to deal with it. But we have an external enemy here. And like the Igbo say, let's first rescue the chicken by wading off the kite and then return to chastise the chicken for wandering too far outback.
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|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by futurerex: 1:32am On Jan 14|
This is no longer news abeg. Some of us are second-class citizen in our own country with little or nothing been done about it. What about the discrimination among ourselves on this same platform(NL)? Our president went as far as calling some of us 5% while the 97%ers jubilated and cheered him up. US is not the only country in this world neither Trump the first or last racist in the world.
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by FakoMaybach1: 2:35am On Jan 14|
Someone shud help me summarize the nonsense above by the OP
Is Nigeria not a poo hole?
And many people have said Trump did not say that, were u in the meeting? how did u know he said it...all these Nigerians wey carry democrats matter for head like gala, wake up and smell the coffee
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by MIKOLOWISKA: 3:39am On Jan 14|
chizgold80:who dis grammar epp.so he's racist, yet you want to go to his country to become second class. Doesn't that tell you something
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by schwarzkopf(m): 4:00am On Jan 14|
Hey you self loathing piece of sh1t, how do y'all never do well breathe knowing that you hate yourself and feel less human because you need to please the ego of a white racist. It suck to be you and anyone from your lineage. Before you open your gob and spill ignorant bullsh1t, why don't you google senator Dirk Durban and Lindsey Graham.
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by MIKOLOWISKA: 4:16am On Jan 14|
So? Germany was a shithole country then
Same as Africa is now as can be seen in your home training
If we check now you're not helping to solve the country problem. Trying so hard to go to country that doesn't want you.
Is it by force to go to America
Why can't you fix Africa if e de pain you.?
Whose the slowpoke now?
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by progress69: 4:18am On Jan 14|
Trump actually did not specifically mention Nigeria, he was actually was referring to Africa. He however said Nigerians will never go back to their huts.
well if u live in huts in Nigeria, u can keep licking his orange ass.
Most of this clowns have never been to Africa or Nigeria, they rely on what they see on CNN, and other main stream news who have the habit of portraying the bad part of Africa. They will never show you how there are also so many homeless and street beggars on the street in the united states too, they will never show you there are slums and ghettos in the united states too, they will never show u that they have an alarming population of mentally sick people, but this are what they show about Africa.
I was glad seeing other African countries showing Trump on twitter the beauty of Africa too, letting the clown know that there is good and bad just like it is in America. My Africa is not a poo hole!
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by raker300: 4:37am On Jan 14|
Your censure is of no use here.
It may cause some disconcertion in Nigeria but I ask why?
Your own president called you “criminal” in a public fora but it didn’t raise this much consternation
That situation was abated when your public figures in Nigeria supported the president assertion.
I say to you, mr man stop drooling over frivolities
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by scribble: 4:49am On Jan 14|
Are nigerians not tribalists
Bunch of hypocrites writting rubbish
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by fergie001(m): 5:04am On Jan 14|
You accuse Trump of been a racist,
Wrote a Soyinka-ic article about him,
Charity they say begins at home,
Here in Nigeria,aren't we racists?
You have a President who identifies his preference for appointments from his region,a la 97%...have you written about it?
You heard some years ago,where my own Gov then,sacked non-Abians from the State Civil Service,Imo followed suit thereafter...and so it went around to other S/Eastern States.
Didn't you also hear that some without guns are terrorists whereby acute murderers are pampered and given the right to re-COLONISE us,what did you do?Here,where our language and ethnic group is the access to work,etcetera.
What's my business with Trump?
If he said,you people should get out and he strengthens immigration laws,then get out.
We are saddled with too much pains right now,just buried 73 with our President gyrating with his 7 "thieves" on his 2019 PRESITHIEVERY Ambition.
The chicken we want to rescue is Nigeria here,let us do the needful ...and begin to think how we will get our leadership right.Those people over there have a balanced society..ours is far from that
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by chizgold80: 7:48am On Jan 14|
You can find out for yourself in this video by MSNBC:
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by FakoMaybach1: 9:40am On Jan 14|
Oga, i wont click that, if Trump said it then he said it...it wont change the fact that Africa and Nigeria is a hell hole
I am typing this without power supply, so when i get light maybe i will start seeing the good thing about Nigeria....
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by yanabazee: 12:27am On Feb 08|
You deserve every honourable award from the university of numskulls...
|Re: Explaining Trump’s Shithole Racism To Buhari’s Nigerians by SalamRushdie: 1:18am On Feb 08|
The writer is a shallow fool
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