While President Donald Trump’s infamous “S… hole countries” stigmatization is still causing a political tsunami in the USA and beyond, opinions are divided on who to blame for the derogation. Surprisingly, most of the African victims of the derogatory remarks are not terribly mad at the Mr. Trump. Our latest opinion poll shows that many Africans believe that there are some elements of truth in Donald trump’s dehumanizing classification; although such bluntness may be undiplomatic and undesirable for a president, talk less, the USA President, a country built on the sweat of immigrants and dark history of slavery.
Clearly, we at the Kata Kata Cartoons strongly stand behind our previous articles on this issue. While we believe African leaders need to do more to uplift their subjects from the socio-economic and political ghetto, equally, we strongly expect African leaders to not only demand an unconditional apology from Mr. Trump, the leaders must assert their relevance – economically, politically and otherwise – in the international arena. President Trump’s xenophobic attacks, perhaps explain the anger of many individuals who in fact believe that the President and his right-wing voters and supporters have indeed made the USA the “s…hole country.” The debate continues. Clearly, one needs to make a clear difference between the content and context of Trump’s inglorious remarks.
Interestingly, many Africans took Trump’s castigation in good faith. Hum! Where are those of us asking for President trump’s unconditional apologies? Definitely, Steven Bannon would have had better news for his Oga Trump if he was not booted out unceremoniously of the White House before he could accomplish his racial cleansing of the USA politics. But one can imagine that Trump would choose not to remember Bannon’s alleged transgression as far as Bannon would the President what he likes to hear. Obviously, Mr. Trump would be happy to hear that many Africans are not all that mad at him for the racist statement, after all.
“You hear that? You see I am vindicated? I am a genius. No one can tell the truth more and better than I do. Those terribly bad and vindictive media houses would say otherwise.” Trump would say.
With the divided opinions amongst Africans over President Trump’s racist remarks, Trump seems to have consolidated his stand. Yes, Mr. President Trump loves that divide and rule political strategy. Expect more bombastic xenophobic jargon from Oga Trump, after all, “I am saying the truth, “ he would assure himself and zealot loyalists. Of course, President Trump has the history of saying “the truth”; and if you don’t agree with Trump’s definition of “truth,” then you better go and hang yourself. You may do so, preferably outside the USA – perhaps on the wall of the Mexican border, Trump wants to build. Indeed, if some members of the African community, who were targeted by Trump’s racist slur are busy with self-reflection rather than declaring the Jihad on President Trump, what does that tell you about Africa as a continent and those behind the wheel of leadership on that continent? That brings us to our previous article over Trump’s unfortunate remarks. See: http://www.katakata.org/assertion-african-political-relevance-trumps-shole-countries-remarks/
In as much as African leaders should not waver on their demand for an apology from President Trump, the leaders should use this global condemnation of the President’s remarks as a strong weapon to assert African relevance. But then how can you assert your relevance and importance while you are lagging behind – politically, economically and socially? The truth is bitter. Definitely, that assertion of relevance begins with bringing much-needed service to Africans. Why should an African borrow money and sell all the belongings in order to pay ruthless thugs and criminally minded human traffickers for the dangerous tempestuous journey to Europe? In many cases, the migrants would lose their money in the hands of the traffickers and get stranded on the way to the West. Others are forced into slavery and prostitution. Yet, the unfortunate ones die on the dangerous sea or are mercilessly murdered by their slave masters and traffickers. Are these sad stories what African leaders should be proud of? These are the realities facing African migrants. The obviously terrible situation in Africa has fuelled the wave of migration as well as equipped racists with the rhetorical ammunition and impetus to treat Africans with contempt.
If Africans are self-sufficient in their various countries, they and their nations will be treated with respect. Definitely, African leaders share the main blame for this ugly situation in Africa, and for that matter, President Trump disrespectful comments. So do Africans who elect those bad African leaders. If Africans would elect competent, visional and honest leaders, they would not have any reason to take unnecessary risks, travelling to Europe to look for a greener pasture and in the process, exposing themselves to incredible danger and xenophobia attacks. Absolutely, Africans would rather save their hard-earned money at home and use it to take care of their future and that of their families. Those noble acts from both Africans and their greedy leaders would definitely save President Trump and his lowbrow moron loyalists the trouble of using derogatory language against African migrants. For sure, that would safe Trump and his group that global criticism as well. Ironically, it is a win-win situation; both the accused and accuser have much work to do. But Africans and their leaders have more work to do, after all, they are at the receiving end.
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