Letter: Trump hate speech born of racism, ignorance

To the editor:

Freedom to express the thought that we hate is one of the free speech prerogatives that we enjoy in this country. But when a president repeatedly and unabashedly vocalizes hatred for a particular group of people, the implications are beyond an exercise of free speech.

When Trump blurted awful remarks characterizing Haitians as "all having AIDS" and Nigerians in the United States as immigrants who would not ever "go back to their huts," condemnation was swift worldwide for his unbecoming impulsive utterances and manifest ignorance. Less than a few months later, Trump questioned why U.S. immigration policies seem to favor people from "s---hole" countries rather than from countries like Norway. Unfortunately, the "s---hole" epithet is Trump's sobriquet for African and non-European developing nations. People from these countries do not migrate to tell sob stories. They come here, work hard to earn a decent living while also contributing immensely to raise the standard of living for themselves and Americans.

I migrated to the United States because of the opportunities that abound. I didn't make America my country because of the "hut" that was my abode in Nigeria as Trump asserts. It's another example of his racist, troglodyte mindset. If he ever reads and is current with news and information beyond the Fox News sphere, he will perhaps be relieved of the strictures of ignorance.

Nigerians constitute the largest number of educated immigrants with advanced degrees in many fields who plow back abundant human and material resources into the U.S. economy. This is in addition to the huge contributions that other non-European developing countries' immigrants generate to propel the U.S. economy who are also at the receiving end of Trump's bigoted tirades. His stereotypical swipes at immigrants are unfair, off-handed and cartoonish.

Sadly, Trump's arrogance and ignorance prevent his ability to distinguish truth from falsehood in his cocoon surrounded by passionate believers of the "alternative fact" neologism. It is a fact that only Native Americans originated from (and own) this geographic space called America. Therefore, claiming that he is more "American" than other immigrants is like exercising "squatter's rights."

Joseph Ebiware



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