Author: Jeevan A. Robinson - MNI Media | Date: 12 January 2018
U.S President Donald Trump's latest racial slight directed towards Africans and Haitians, where he described these countries as "shithole countries" - this was not simply a disrespect to citizens who hail from Haiti, or from countries within Africa so insulted by Trump's comment. This latest racist tirade from Trump is also a direct attack on freedom loving and hard-working aspiring Black people the world over. It is even more so outrageous for Trump to have made these remarks considering the two countries that he chose to attack have a direct historical alliance.
Even the United Nations Human Rights office described Trump's remarks as being "racist". Rupert Colville, the UN Human Rights spokesman, said; “There is no other word one can use but racist. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
Both Africa and Haiti have a storied and directly related history. It was from Africa that slaves were brought from in bondage to work the plantations of Haiti. It was in Haiti that these Black Africans fought and liberated themselves from the tyranny of slavery under the French. During the first and massively successful Haitian Revolution, Black slaves rejected the idea of white supremacy and servitude based on skin colour; winning their freedom and chasing the French and their ideology of Black slavery from Haiti. This victory was led by the legendary Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines in the late 1700s into the 1800s.
Haiti became a symbol of Black Power the world over, inspiring many a revolutionary spirit over the years. Haiti since that time to today has been perceived to be paying heavily for this victory over white supremacy via the harsh economic conditions and overt disrespect and disregard showed to it over many years, from many of the world's powerful nations.
For Trump therefore to dub Haiti and Africa as 'shithole countries", speaks towards the historical discord that exists towards people of African descent who live today in the Western world seeking opportunities for progress, and an avenue to help their families.
Haiti and Africa are countries that do not require Presidential insults, but more so a hand of friendship towards advancing humanity's overall goal of sustainable growth and development, coupled with aspired harmonious co-existence. To stoke embers of racism and bigotry that have such deep-rooted historical causes to stir emotions, shows the true soul of Donald Trump as an insensitive leader who displays over and again his partiality towards his own racial superiority.
But frankly, Trump's repeatedly offensive statements that highlight the soul of the man do not surprise nor shock me.
You see, as sickening as we may view Trump to be, he is "playing" a very dangerous game of disruption, distraction and most importantly - control.
For instance, if we are to be frank, the "again" in the 2016 Trump Presidential campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" was never a progressive leaning concept. How could it have been?
Humanity's quest over the ages has always been to push barriers aside, and make advances that propel us forward with time. However, when you buy into an ideology of making a country great "again", then what is it that took place in history that you so long for, that you wish to go back to?
We can chance many guesses for Trump regarding that question, but no need to guess, as he shows his heart and what he stands for with his slurs, faceless rants and unmasked bigotry and racism.
Haiti and African may have been insulted, but Trump at last makes no secret that to him people from lesser developed countries are beneath him - both financially and via racial identity.
Note: Jeevan A. Robinson is Editor-in-Chief and Head of Business Development at Marketing, News & Information Media - MNI Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org