African Nations Say Trump's Shithole Comments Are "Definition of Racism"

Entire African countries have just joined the extensive list of people (including political commentators, historians and bog-standard pundits) who publicly consider Donald Trump a racist bell-end.

Representatives from across the continent have condemned the president for his vulgar comments – questioning why the US accepts immigration from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

They suggest the former TV personality lacks a basic understanding of American history, particularly in terms of slavery.

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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 behaviour and practice," says spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo.

"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."

South Africa's ruling African National Congress called the comments "extremely offensive".

Deputy Secretary-General Jess Duarte said the country would never "make comments as derogatory" about the US, even though it also has millions of people out of work and without health care.

African media outlets and the continent's young, increasingly-connected population were, however, not quite as shy with their criticism of the president.

"Well, that is the perfect definition of racism," Kenyan entrepreneur Wangui Muraguri said in Nairobi, "That is all I have to say."

Others took a more tongue-in-cheek approach.

Referencing the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, South African media outlet Daily Maverick said: "Casual Friday at the White House is soon to include hoods and tiki torches at this rate."

The furore comes after Trump questioned why the US was accepting more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, rather than places like Norway.

But this isn't the first time the president, who has left eight ambassadorial posts vacant (in countries such as South Africa, Egypt, Congo and Somalia) has expressed negative opinions of Africa.

Back in 2013, he tweeted: "Every penny of the 7 billion dollars going to Africa as per Obama will be stolen - corruption is rampant!"

"He has not only insulted Africans, he has also insulted African-Americans," explains Sylvester Odion Akhaine, associate professor of international relations at Lagos State University.

"Internationally, such language will deepen the isolation of the United States, a country already losing its global prestige."

 

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