Outrage over Trump slur on 'shithole' countries
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 : Africans reacted angrily Friday after Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as "shithole countries", with many lashing the US president for racism and ignorance.
Social media users across the continent posted images of modern skylines and beautiful nature from their countries with the ironic hashtag "shithole."
Others heaped scorn on a president who last year caused widespread sniggering when he twice referred to Namibia as "Nambia".
"I'm a proud son of the shining continent called Africa. My heritage is deeply rooted in my Kenyan roots. Africa is NO #shithole Mr. Trump," tweeted record-holding Kenyan runner Bernard Lagat, who became a US citizen in 2004.
He was referring to comments reportedly made by Trump during a meeting Thursday with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the United States should accept citizens from "shithole countries", including Haiti, El Salvador and the entire African continent.
Trump then suggested the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday, according to the reports.
Trump, on Friday, implied that he did not use the controversial words -- "this was not the language used," he said in a tweet.
The United Nations slammed Trump's 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.
Many reminded the US of its historic role in the continent's woes.
"President Trump, One day, I'll take you to a 'shithole' country called Ghana," wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook.
"First stop would be Osu Castle, Elmina Castle, and the over 40 Forts that detained about 30 million slaves, beaten and shipped out like sardine cans and then I will tell you the history of Africa and why people like you made that a 'shithole' continent."
Botswanan Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi wrote on Twitter that the remarks had struck a "nasty blow" to diplomatic relations with the US.
Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, told AFP that this was nothing new from a "racist and ignorant" administration, nor from the West at large.
"What is even more insulting is the hypocrisy of everyone condemning Trump, and he should be condemned, without examining their own offensive language and conduct," he said. —AFP