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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12 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?

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