Those who still insist that this president is not racist should heed the remarks he made evoking anger and fear in our communities of color across the world. The concerns Trump expressed about Haitians, Africans, and those from Central America yesterday were unequivocally racist. His statement was not about economics, as some insist.
When the president of a nation of immigrants states that he no longer wants Haitians here because they all have AIDS, how can so many justify that statement by saying he is making a reference to their economic condition? When he calls their countries “shit holes”, how does that apply to the economy of our great nation?
Many seem to forget that the Europeans, who first settled in this country, were the “poor, tired, huddled masses yearning to be free”. The state of Georgia was originally set up as a penal colony. Those who migrated west were, for the most part, the many who lived in poverty and were seeking a better life. Hoping that they, too, would be fortunate enough to find gold in “them thar hills.”
There are those who argue this is an issue of economics because Canada and Australia vet their immigrants based on what they can contribute to their economy. However, their vetting process is not exclusionary. In fact, many of the heads of state in Canada have come from other countries, including Haiti. If it is left up to this president, there will be no more Haitians in America because, as far as he is concerned, they will contribute nothing to the welfare of our nation. On the other hand, Norwegians are okay with him.
And for those surprised at his racist commentaries, I ask you why? For those who will accuse me of race baiting, I ask how is that possible? The African American, Hispanic, and Latino communities have been warning us for the last year that the person this country chose to elect as president is racist.
This is nothing new for Donald Trump. His bigotry has been documented since the 1970’s when he was found guilty of housing discrimination. It has continued up through today, because he has yet to apologize for the remarks he made yesterday. And, quite frankly, we’re not expecting one. So, if anyone is a threat to the welfare of our multiracial nation, it is the president himself.