CNN’s Anderson Cooper had some strong words for President Donald Trump this past week, after news of Trump’s now-infamous “shithole” comments became public. Trump was referring to Haiti and African countries, wondering why America would want immigrants from “shithole” countries, instead of places like Norway. Cooper, like many Americans, denounced Trump’s words as being racist.
But then the reporter went a little further, becoming emotional in delivering his message responding to Trump’s hate-filled, racist rhetoric:
“Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people — rich and poor, well-educated and not, good and bad. But I’ve never met a Haitian who isn’t strong…You have to be in a place where the government has often abandoned its people, where opportunities are few and where Mother Nature has punished the people far more than anyone should ever be punished…
The people of Haiti have been through more, they’ve withstood more, they’ve fought back against more injustice than our president ever has…Haitians…stand tall, and they have dignity. It’s a dignity that many in this White House could learn from. It’s a dignity the president, with all his money and all his power, could learn from as well.”
With those words, Cooper hit the nail on the head. Trump thinks in stereotypes, judges an entire group of people on irrelevant minutiae. While where someone is from can impact a person greatly, it isn’t the sum of who a person is at their core. There are good and bad people everywhere, even here in America.
To say that someone shouldn’t have a chance at a different, hopefully better, life in America just because they happened to be born someone else reeks of an ignorance that is disgusting and arrogant.