The United Nations Human Rights spokesperson, Rupert Colville, responded to President Trump’s alleged comments in which he reportedly called African countries “sh*tholes.” Trump supposedly made those derogatory comments in a conversation with member of Congress where he asked why the U.S. should accept more immigrants from Haiti and Africa rather than places like Norway. Trump sent a series of tweets on Friday denying using the phrase, but admitting to some “tough language.” But that didn’t stop Colville from branding the president’s language as “racist.”
“If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but racist. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as s***holes whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome. The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear,” the U.N. spokesperson said.
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Colville continued: “Like the earlier comments made vilifying Mexicans and Muslims, the policy proposals targetting entire groups on grounds of nationality or religion, and the reluctance to clearly condemn the anti-semitic and racist actions of the white supremacists in Charlottesville – all of these go against the universal values the world has been striving so hard to establish since World War II and the Holocaust. This is not just a story about vulgar language, it’s about opening the door wider to humanity’s worst side, about validating and encouraging racism and xenophobia that will potentially disrupt and destroy the lives of many people.
That is perhaps the single most damaging and dangerous consequence of this type of comment by a major political figure.”
The African Union continental body said it was “frankly alarmed” by Trump’s comments.
“Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behavior and practice,” AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo said.
“This is particularly surprising as the United States of America remains a global example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.”
And South Africa’s ruling African National Congress went even further and called Trump’s comments “extremely offensive.”
Credit: Daily Mail