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'Shithole' nationalism

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12.01.2018

One thing that is upsetting about the comments that US President Donald Trump made calling African and African-descent nations "shitholes" is that his African and African-descent supporters from the 2016 election period haven't come out to support him on that. After all, loyalty counts for something, doesn't it? Some of these people are my friends, mind you. Any takers? Come on, now. Y'all were loud in 2016, time to show your face again, fellow #shithole inhabitants.

Seriously, though. There's a couple of things going on here. First of all, I want to address the fact that Donald Trump is flamingly out of his mind. Where I come from - proudly a #shitholecountry - we generally try to be kind to our elders whose minds have clearly gone into the void while leaving them physically behind. Because there are values connected to the concept of Utu (or as non-East Africans call it, Ubuntu) that demand a basic level of common decency from individuals. It's a social contract thing.

As a consequence, I am largely horrified on a daily basis that his people are letting The Donald run around nekkid-minded in public everyday under the pretext that he doesn't have a formal........

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