As the media lets Trump manipulate it into a frenzy once again, I have a challenge for the terminally self-righteous:
Name me just 10 countries in Africa … okay, seven … no, just aim for five to make it easy … that you consider to be as educated, prosperous, technologically sophisticated, opportunity-driven, stable, and well-governed as (oh, just for instance) Norway.
And while you’re at it, NPR, maybe you can quit broadcasting long segments on how earnestly you debated — searching heart, soul, conscience, and all the laws of human decency — before using the term sh*thole on the air. Nobody actually cares.
Trump may be a vulgar, narcissistic, ill-informed, predatory buffoon. His grasp of history (particularly the history of immigration) may be slight. He probably also doesn’t understand the disruptions and outrages perpetrated by European colonizers who wanted Africa’s resources while not giving a rip about its people or their cultures.
But if you — not you my dear regular blog readers, but you who are working yourself into a heart attack over Trump’s latest — disagree with his “sh*thole” characterization, let’s hear about the civilizational glories — present, not ancient — of Africa.