United States president Donald Trump used crude language to describe Haiti and Africa, saying the two are “s***holes.” Understandably, this did not go down well will many Africans as well as non-Africans, and some of them made their dissatisfaction known.
AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo told The Associated Press.
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.
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.
…we believe that a statement like this hurts our shared global values on diversity, human rights and reciprocal understanding.
Spokesperson for the U.N. human rights office Rupert Colville said:
…you cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’.
I’m sorry, but there’s no other word one can use but racist. It legitimizes the targeting of people based on who they are. This isn’t just a story about vulgar language, it’s about opening the door to humanity’s worst side,
[Trump’s reported comments] go against the universal values the world has been striving so hard to establish since World War II and the Holocaust.
More: AP News
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