The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.
– Chinua Achebe
Africa, an enormous continent is the cradle of humanity and civilisation from the dawn of human time in prehistoric Africa to the development of the Stone Age technology. Africa is a continent of ‘Come and See’ a Nathaniel proverbial response especially to those saying ‘can anything good come from there? including President Donald Trump of America and his likes. The long history of President Trump’s racism – 1970s to 2018 may consume his presidency very soon. Trump’s recent vulgar term ‘Shitholes’ is a political and racist concept of white supremacists and colonialism, a system for underdevelopment and the vision of the enemies of Africa, world’s second largest continent. Colonialism robbed Africans of their dignity and economy. It is on record, back in 1973 when Trump first appeared in the pages of the New York Times, ‘was when the US Department of Justice sued him for racial discrimination.’ It is on record that ‘Federal Officials found evidence that Trump had refused to rent to black tenants and lied to black applicants about whether apartments were available.’ Indeed, the story of Trump is about a racist, ‘a leopard doesn’t change it’s spots.’ A fake and prodigal President indeed. President Obama’s description of Trump as a “carnival barker” in response to Trump’s conspiracy theory about Obama’s birth certificate and education suggests Trump as a politically incorrect and incoherent president in the White House.
Trump’s question on Thursday, “why are we having all theses people from shithole countries come here?” shows how dirty, wicked, and filthy is Trump’s heart and it is actually a speech from the Grand Patron of the White Supremacists. The implication is very clear: ‘The people coming from predominantly black countries are bad, while the people coming from predominantly white countries are good.’ However, the other side of ‘Shitholes,’ underdeveloped African countries points to the Western capitalism built on Africans and Haitians exploitation provides a better understanding of the dynamics of African and Haitian discrimination and abuse by the West. l recommend two books to President Trump and his evangelical advisers on how the evil yoke and agenda that made Africa a ‘Shitholes countries’ was the foundation of Western greatness and capitalism. The first book is ‘Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’ by Walter Rodney. The dynamics of Africa’s and Haitian’s past and contemporary relations with the West points to unreserved exploitation of African and Haitians to the Western capitalist development. What makes the Western development great was built on the blood and hard sweat of Africans and Haitians and rather for the Prodigal President to follow the Father’s love and reconciliation agenda, Trump is playing God with the support of his commercial evangelical advisers. What Trump do not know is that he ‘cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing’ his own because, ‘he who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down. Trump must be a shitholite and be ready to stay in shitholes to keep Africans and Haitians in shitholes.
Jesus’ parables, originally addressed to a specific historical situation in Palestine 1900 years ago speaks to us Christians in the 21st century. The parable of the prodigal son, an example of ‘an earthly story’ not only with a heavenly meaning but also with a political narrative. The Prodigal President resonates with the prodigal son who knows no will or opinion but his own. The Prodigal President takes his own will to be the State will just as the prodigal son forced his own desire upon his father’s will. How dare Trump called God’s images ‘shitholes’? The fake and Prodigal President shows the difference which the coming of pride, and ‘self first’ into a man’s life makes. It is very sad when leaders speaks from the two sides of their mouth. Trump’s vulgar language and his statement praising Martin Luther King Jr amidst racist remark controversy saying, ‘we are all created equal’ suggests a model of dysfunctional Babylon leadership and advisers. Trump’s shitholes speech is a fake news from a fake president. By their words we shall know them. We know and have good Americans friends and we know their Presidents, Trump’s is a negative presidential expression.
The response of Johnnie Moore, an informal spokesperson for the group of evangelicals who have prayed for Trump and a representative from Trump’s team of evangelical adviser and others on Trump’s vulgar description of Africa and Haiti points to Pro-Trump’s network of cash and carry evangelicals. Moore’s response could be a medicine after death. According to him “obviously, those words aren’t words we would use, and everyone who knows us knows this. As it relates to immigration, most of us are laser focused on urging members of Congress to stop playing politics with people’s lives and to make a deal that helps Dreamers before moving on to deal patiently, seriously and comprehensively with broader immigration reform at an appropriate time.”
The pathetic defence of the President’s vulgar language offered by unofficial leader of Pro-Trump’s evangelical advisory council, Robert Jeffress who has made a career of defending Trump using Christian rhetoric and using the Christian Broadcasting Network makes the matter worse. According to Jeffress, “Apart from the vocabulary attributed to him, President Trump is right on target in his policy … I’m grateful we have a President like Donald Trump who clearly understands that distinction and has the courage to protect the well-being of our nation.” Trump’s evangelical advisers’ theological ‘position is incompatible with core Christian doctrines of charity toward those in need.’ What the evangelical advisory council are doing is just to reveal the dark heart of Christian nationalism, jingoism and ethnonationalism. Their defence is about being a “good American” but “bad Christian” because of American interests. Trump’s model of leadership and his evangelical advisers points to misuse of God’s position for selfish gain, control and manipulation of the people.
The spokeswoman of the African Union, a group representing all 55 countries on the continent Ebba Kalondo reminded Trump that his profane statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice. According to her, America is an ‘example of how migration gave birth to a nation built on strong values of diversity and opportunity.’ Regardless of our challenges, the story of Africa is about the proverbial ‘Come and See’ invitation to Trump and his evangelical cash and carry advisory council to witness Africa first hand and to experience with their senses some truth that seems to elude them. The African Studies Association, a scholarly organisation comprising of over 2,000 university academics based in United State, Europe and Africa is calling on Trump to ‘Come and See,’ what African immigrants have made to the economic and social fabric of the United State. To God be the glory “Out of Egypt l have called my Son.” Sweet Jesus, Egypt’s in Africa! Amen