Africans out­raged over ‘racist’ Trump re­marks

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NAIROBI — Africans have re­acted an­grily af­ter US President

Don­ald Trump re­port­edly re­ferred to their na­tions as

"shit­hole coun­tries," with many ac­cus­ing the US president of racism and ig­no­rance.

The 55-na­tion African Union con­demned the re­marks on Fri­day, while a state­ment from am­bas­sadors of all coun­tries from the con­ti­nent at the United Na­tions de­manded a re­trac­tion and apol­ogy.

The African Group of UN am­bas­sadors said it was "ex­tremely ap­palled at, and strongly con­demns the out­ra­geous, racist and xeno­pho­bic re­marks by the president of the United States of Amer­ica as widely re­ported by the me­dia."

Am­bas­sadors unan­i­mously agreed the res­o­lu­tion af­ter an emer­gency ses­sion to weigh Trump's re­marks. The com­ment was "clearly" racist, said Ebba Kalondo, spokes­woman for AU chief Moussa Faki.

"This is even more hurt­ful given the his­tor­i­cal re­al­ity of just how many Africans ar­rived in the United States as slaves, and also ter­ri­bly sur­pris­ing as the United States re­mains a mas­sively pos­i­tive ex­am­ple as just how mi­gra­tion can give birth to a na­tion," Kalondo said. He stressed the US was "much stronger than the sum to­tal of one man."

Trump re­port­edly de­manded to know why the United States should ac­cept im­mi­grants from "shit­hole coun­tries", af­ter law­mak­ers raised the is­sue of pro­tec­tions for im­mi­grants from African na­tions, Haiti and El Sal­vador. How­ever he later tweeted: "this was not the lan­guage used." The United Na­tions slammed the re­ported re­marks as "shock­ing and shame­ful" and "racist."

"You can­not dis­miss en­tire coun­tries and con­ti­nents as 'shit­holes' whose en­tire pop­u­la­tions, who are not white, are there­fore not wel­come," Ru­pert Colville, spokesman for the UN hu­man rights of­fice, told re­porters in Geneva.

Botswana sum­moned the US am­bas­sador to the coun­try to "clar­ify if Botswana is re­garded as a 'shit­hole' coun­try," ac­cord­ing to a for­eign min­istry state­ment call­ing Trump's com­ments "ir­re­spon­si­ble, rep­re­hen­si­ble and racist."

Sene­gal fol­lowed suit with For­eign Min­is­ter Sidiki Kaba say­ing the gov­ern­ment "firmly con­demned the un­ac­cept­able re­marks which un­der­mine hu­man dig­nity, es­pe­cially of Africa and her di­as­pora."

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

South African rul­ing party African Na­tional Congress for­mer President and cur­rent South African President Ja­cob Zuma talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Keny­atta (R) at the Gala din­ner on the eve of the 106th ANC birth An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tions on Jan­uary 12 in East Lon­don, South Africa.

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