Tell President Trump and the world that African nations are not what he said them to be

Tell President Trump and the world that African nations are not what he said them to be

Instead of exchanging insults with President Trump, let us take the microphone from him  and tell the world the truth about Africa. Let us share what we know African countries and the African people to really be.

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, during an official bi-partisan immigration negotiation at the White House with a select number of members of Congress present to discuss legislation to protect immigrants, including those from Africa, President Donald J. Trump characterized Africans as well  as “s**thole countries.”

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) who was present in the meeting publicly confirmed that President Trump repeatedly “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist.”

In the strongest terms possible we condemn past, present and future insults and characterizations, both public and private, from President Trump or any individual or group targeting the people of Africa and their descendants, no matter where they reside. African nations are far from being what President Trump believes or says they are.

The Africa we know and love has its own challenges, but it is far more complex, diverse and beautiful than the Africa portrayed as a war zone or a jungle full of famine and disease.

We first wish to thank friends of Africa, pray for those who have yet to love African people and encourage those who are curious about Africa to learn more about the continent, interact with African immigrants and also consider a visit to Africa and see for themselves.

What is your Africa story? Share it with the world in the comment box below.

 

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18 Responses

  1. We first thank friends of Africa, pray for those who have yet to love African people and encourage those who are curious about Africa to among other things learn more about the continent, interact with African immigrants and also consider a visit to Africa and see for yourself.

  2. Africa is vast, rich in culture and peoples,and resilient in spite of poor leadership. They need our support and encouragement to take charge of their own destiny.

  3. Christina Meyer

    All people are to be respected.

  4. Jo'Ann De Quattro

    My experience in Africa is limited to 2 countries during a 3+ month time period. While these countries have challenges, what I found in both of them was wonderfully hospitable, beautiful people; gorgeous scenery, unimaginable beauty, wildlife, flora and fauna. My time in Africa sensitized me to seek out African-born people here in the US; to become more aware and understanding of their experiences, cultures and contributions to this country in the face of odds that are often daunting. It actually horrifies me to hear how uninformed many in the US are about the richness that is Africa in its diversity of many countries, languages, and people. My own Italian immigrant ancestors have their roots in Ethiopia.

  5. Sr. Ddemetria Smith, M.S.O.L.A.

    This is an appalling statement. It has touched and hurt me to the core of my being. It has also angered me no end. I lived and worked in both East Africa and North Africa Africa for many years. As a family we visited Ghana, West Africa. Need I say more. I visited West Africa. During my time of African Studies at Howard University I recall a book written by an African Scholar in which he described in detail and illustrated the ships coming to the Nigerian coat TO EMPTY THEIR GARBAGE WHICH THEY HAD COLLECTED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES TO DEPOSIT ON THE SHORES OF ARICAN COUNTRIEES. I purchased the book and after reading and rereading it lent it to a woman who never returned it to me. I would appreciate someone helping me to know where I can obtain another copy. I will make certain it is read by those who need to read this. .

  6. Expressions of disrespect for any people or nation are egregiously “unpresidential”, to be condemned in no uncertain terms.

  7. Sr. Margaret Roers

    My life has been deeply enriched by my 22 years in Nigeria and 10 years as Codel’s Africa Coordinator when I travelled to Africa three ties a year and as a result have been to 25 of its countries. If only we here in America could learn the kind of hospitality African people show towards everyone how crosses their paths what a difference it would make.

  8. Seikor Bundu

    I love this country (USA) and I take off my hat in salute of its tremendous human progress and achievement. Though not perfect, the character of its people is exemplary. But all the beauty and greatness of what I see in this country has been made possible by the rich nutrients of love and rich spirituality that I suckled from mother Africa. Africa is special and God made it so. Her children are strong and enduring and God made them so. Our road to modernization is long and winding but because of all the above qualities, we shall surely reach there. It all started with us in Egypt and and we will recapture it again. With God on our side not even the bully Donald (and those who think like him) can stop us. Perhaps, in a strange twist, his insult can re-energize us to catapult us eons ahead in human progress; for God has already planted these blessings in Africa. It is in situations like these that Africans and all God fearing people must light and brightly shine their God’s greatest gift: LOVE!

  9. My response to Trump’s comments was to re read Martin Luther King’s sermon preached one month after he attended the Ghana Independence Day celebration. I then applied what Dr. King said in the sermon in imagining his response to Trump, another who has “slept through revolutions” and futilely tries to undo what they have accomplished. Read what I wrote further at my Erasingborders blog at wordpress.com

  10. Stephen Price

    President Trump’s words and views on Africa, Haiti, and other regions are appalling, ignorant, and insulting. People in these countries are the same as those anywhere else–hardworking, respectable, dignified, talented, compassionate. I have worked and traveled in Africa. I was met with extraordinary hospitality, despite the record of racism and insults from my country’s history. Millions of African slaves were brought to the New World and with centuries of unpaid labor gathered wealth for Europeans here. They also labored to do physical work on the Founding Fathers’ plantations and such monuments as the U.S. Capitol,l and the White House where Trump resides. Today, many of the countries demeaned by Trump are still victimized economically by the U.S. and then their residents are blamed and insulted. Trump has no understanding or respect for the reality of this world.

  11. daniele moschetti

    I am greatly in debt with Africa and the People have met in my 20 years of my living there as missionaries. Many of them they taught life to me with their lives, stories and witness of the struggles and crosses that they have to bear. But Africa is life, colours, sentiments, passion and perseverance in spite so many difficulties….only people who have never been really in this great continent can reach this level of offense and insults……and especially after having touched life and people and to realize that is open eye on our overall life in the world…..
    Courage for today but especially for the future……this is the last words of the founder of my congregations COMBONI MISSIONARIES in Sudan when he was dying (1881). He believed in Africa and the AFRICANS….his motto was and still is for all of us we work there: SAVE AFRICA BY AFRICANS…….pamoja

  12. Racism is far much outdated today….respecting human dignity is not a request,not an option one has to contend by.The global community adhering and wishing to abide to the UNCDHR must invoke the law on racist remarks.Even the African charter itself has domesticated this law…must anyone break it?

  13. makau Niko

    President Trumps statement on africa, haiti …
    the statement by a leader of the status of Mr Trump leaves a lot to be desired. in as much as we can excuse him of
    having been annoyed, irritated, confused and all that he signaled at the moment of his words, it still does not pass any credibility and integrity standards. inspite of Trump having had an experience, and i say an isolated experience with an african country, to sum up all africa in one plate is nothing less than pride, ignorance, insanity, illogical just to say but the least.
    my dilemma rather is in knowing the fact that Trump is a peoples elected representative who took an oath to defend the america people through the constitution and SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF. could this statement of Trump be seen as the voice of the electorate and for that matter the view of the American society. we have not heard serious condemnation and disowning this statement from whitehouse, from serious leaders, from the church from the civil society in america. what does this imply. i imagine the silence is in solidarity with their leader.
    In as much as Trump’s statement depicts some reality of some states in africa, this does not call him to inflict pain to already a suffering person, to add fuel to the already burning fire, to punch the wound that is already bleeding. this is injury on top of injury. if there is a reverse and Trump finds himself leading an economically weak society, scarce resources area; he will come to understand that africa is not a shithole. Africa is a continent of suffering and struggling people to make ends meet. i am one of those in Kenya

  14. Ces commentaires sont insultants et racistiques! Ayez-vous honir, M. president!!!!!!!!!!!11

  15. Is there any way that I can send our beautiful fotos of the street children who are growing up in a house build by them, sleeping in beds welded by them and are cultivating the land so they can eat the fruit of their work. Can all of this be said for all the people of the USA from where I come…but now I am in the mocratic Republic of Congo, and love it.. Fr damien

  16. Edward Tetteh,SVD

    Mother Africa will forgive Mr. Donald Trump and all those who continue to hurt Mother Africa and her children.
    We Africans are God fearing people and treat every one with love and dignity that God has given to each of his kids including Mother Nature.
    We continue to pray for Mr. Trump that God will give him the wisdom and knowledge He gave to King Solomon.
    God bless Africa and Long Live Africa

  17. Seba wa Lulenga

    Everybody knows that Trump is semi-illiterate. His history knowledge equals his foul mouth. What else do you expect from such a low IQ?

  18. Sharon Marie Brinker

    God has blessed me for more than a decade with many African companions to journey life with. I not only consider them friends, but also family. Many in the USA see Africa as a far away place;with starving children they see on television, but for me Africa is near and a part of my daily life. The Africa I see is a place of beauty with joyful, loving, intelligent, and faithful people. I know if I would visit the countries of my African family, I would indeed be treated as family and made to feel welcome. When I hear statements such as the President said or see news stories of injustice, corrupt government, and deadly conflict, it hurts my heart deeply because people I know and love are affected and experiencing things most of us in the US will never have to deal with. I pray that more Americans, including the President, will be blessed with opportunities to interact with Africans as I was and also be more educated about the world outside of the box of just our American world. Indeed, we would not have the luxury of our smart phones, laptops and video games without the hard labor of our brothers and sisters in the DRC.

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