Is Africa really a shitty continent?
Trump insults Africa and Haiti: "Racist" and "shocking"
Africans react to Trump's racist failure with humor - but also with criticism. The African Union refers to the US's slave past.
Hardly parodicable: US President Trump Photo: ap
JOHANNESBURGap / afp | African media representatives have reacted with humor and criticism to the "shithole countries" comment by US President Donald Trump. "At this pace, the casual Friday in the White House will soon include hoods and tiki torches," wrote the South African news organization Daily Maverick on Friday, apparently with reference to the Ku Klux Klan.
Others adopted Trump's vulgar language in tweets: "Good morning from the world's greatest, most beautiful" bastard ", wrote the news anchor Leanne Manas of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. On the US program "The Daily Show", the presenter, the native South African Trevor Noah, said "as someone from South Shithole, Trevor is deeply offended by the statements of the president". The South African ruling party ANC called Trump's statement extremely offensive. But they will not condescend to comment on Trump's level, said ANC Vice Secretary-General Jesse Duarte.
Trump had questioned on Thursday why the US should accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa instead of from countries like Norway, one of the richest countries in the world. The United Nations condemned the choice of words as "racist" and "shocking". “You can't call it anything other than 'racist',” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, on Friday.
Political activist Boniface Mwangi asked in Kenya not to confuse “the #buthole leaders we Africans vote for with our beautiful continent”. These are "shit", like the "senile" Trump.
The African Union said it was "honestly alarmed" by Trump's comments. "Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived as slaves in the United States, this statement runs counter to any accepted behavior and practice," said AU spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo. "This is particularly surprising because the United States of America remains a global example of how migration has produced a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity."
Some African governments receiving US aid have been reluctant to criticize Trump for commenting. If the statement was not made “specifically about South Sudan”, “we have nothing to say”, said the South Sudanese government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny.
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