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.