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Why do Africans give a shit about Trump calling us “shithole countries”?


On Thursday, Trump was exposed for calling Haiti, El Salvador and African states “shithole countries” during an official meeting discussing immigrant protection.

The whole world was outraged. Ordinary people derided his comments on Twitter. Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper actually called him a racist on live CNN broadcast. The Vatican and the United Nations scolded him, the African Union woke up from a months-long nap to scream about it, and the presidents of Botswana and Ghana had a bit of a meltdown.

But I’m bored at the attention that the media keeps giving Trump whenever he says something controversial (read: idiotic). 


Don’t get me wrong: it certainly isn’t a bad thing that people are finally calling Trump out on his racism or that African presidents are demanding explanations, it’s just irritating that so many, especially Africans, seem to be shocked that the president of the United States would think (or say out loud) that Third World countries were “shitholes”.

Have we all been asleep over the last fifty years of American foreign policy?

President Akufo-Addo of Ghana said he would not accept insults from a ‘friendly country’.

But the the United States was literally founded on racism, treats its own Indigenous, Black and Asian populations with indignity, is the strongest ally to Israel, has troops in Africa conducting secret projects and has been ousting democratically elected governments in multiple nations, including “shithole” countries, for decades.

This is a country that has banned people from the six majority Muslim countries while cowering from calling out Saudi Arabia for murdering people in Yemen and supplying armed groups with arms. What friendly country does Afuko-Addo speak off? 

The majority of American people voted Trump in, and then faced nationwide protest the day of his inauguration. The healthcare system is so bad that they have a higher child mortality rate than Botswana, one of those “shithole countries”.

It goes on, but I don’t care enough to mention the rest of its history of exploitation and horror and incompetence. The country has become a joke.

They are facing karmic retribution for every savage action that government has imposed upon the rest of us.  Are we offended that Trump thinks this and voiced it, as though his thoughts exist in isolation?

Trump is a reflection of the greater American public. Yes, read that.

I don’t care if the United States of America implodes. The rest of us should be focusing on developing greater internationalist unity, decolonising our countries and breaking down our imposed borders, destroying patriarchal systems and adopting equalising economic systems. But no, we’re too focused on clamouring for approval from a government whose own people, black and white, don’t care about us.

Do you think the American public would suddenly defend us if Trump was replaced? All they care about is maintaining their power, and they appear to be siding with us because Trump is threatening their hegemony. They need us to help get rid of him, but will happily turn a blind eye to the next president bombing and starving and stealing from oppressed nations and colonised people over the next few decades, as long as they maintain a good image. That’s all the USA is. A vacuous image.

This focus on Trump is tacky and unnecessary. We, people who live and work and die in Africa, will continue to suffer despite what Trump does or doesn’t do next.  Why do we give a shit?

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  1. Pedant says

    “The majority of American people voted Trump in” – not actually true, he lost the popular vote.

  2. Panafrican says

    Whilst I agree with your points I think you’re heavily misinformed and thinking very shallowly.
    First off your criticism of the African Union is harsh and unfairly so. The african union commission is not an independent sovereignty. It in its physical capacity is not sovereign, it is a mandate by all the member states. African nations mandate the African Union any inaction from the AU is a reflection of the current state of affairs in its member states which mostly comprise of poor leadership. The money that is used to run the AU is funded by member states and as we and all know money talks, country’s have specific quotas in terms of AU employment, placing the blame of inaction on the men and women employed by the AU is one dimensional please study and think before making ignorant allegations such as this. Now not to say I do belive there is more the AU should be doing but DO think multidimensional.
    Second no one cares what Trump thinks ours is to survive. The United States has a huge monopoly over us in terms of economic trade, aid, access to global participation along with many other countries in the west. And this is not to say we are poor or we need them, do not make the mistake of thinking we need them but we are a crippled nation due to their own actions. We cannot ever progress because we operate within their arena. Africa should have never been granted freedom because it was already free. But this concept of granted freedom, gaining independence puts us in a field where America is 400 year old superpower built on our backs and South Africa is 23 we cannot compete, we depend on them, caring about their opinions is not weak it’s based on concern of African survival. Until a better imagination comes up Africa isn’t free and our only edge is to maintain efficient relations with sources of food, education, knowledge. Donald Trump’s comments are alarming because he is refusing to pay a due owed to us potentially. Sometimes it’s good to lay low whilst you build yourself up. Unless yall are ready to go to war and face the consequences (which I personally have no problem with) but immediate short term problems require a certain kind of diplomacy and relation with the west.
    My arguement….this piece although correct is entitled and selfish, think deeper, think harder, rant less and reason more.

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