By Agence France-Presse
The United Nations on Friday slammed US President Donald Trump’s reported description of African nations and Haiti as “shithole” countries as “shocking and shameful”, and “racist”.
“If confirmed, these are shocking and shameful comments from the President of the United States. Sorry, but there is no other word one can use but ‘racist’,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights workplace, instructed reporters in Geneva.
He was referring to feedback reportedly made by Trump throughout a gathering Thursday with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the United States ought to settle for residents from “shithole” countries.
The feedback, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked anger amongst Democrats and Republicans and revived questions on Trump’s tendency to make racially charged remarks.
“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” Colville mentioned.
He additionally took subject with Trumps reported suggestion that the United States ought to welcome immigrants from locations like Norway, whose inhabitants is overwhelmingly white, as an alternative of from African countries and Haiti.
“The positive comment on Norway makes the underlying sentiment very clear,” Colville mentioned.
“Like the earlier comments made vilifying Mexicans and Muslims, the policy proposals targeting entire groups on grounds of nationality or religion, and the reluctance to clearly condemn the anti-Semitic and racist actions of the white supremacists in Charlottesville — all of these go against the universal values the world has been striving so hard to establish since World War II and the Holocaust,” he mentioned.
“This is not only a story about vulgar language. It’s about opening the door wider to humanity’s worst aspect, about validating and inspiring racism and xenophobia that can doubtlessly disrupt and destroy the lives of many individuals.
“This is perhaps the single most damaging and dangerous consequence of this type of comment by a major political figure,” he added. (AFP)