We all learn from hurtful words

By Jo Robinson - Ethnic of Love

Donald Trump shared his thoughts on the bipartisan deal to protect the safety of migrating citizens. His statement was, "Why do we want all these people from 'shithole countries' coming here?"

What does shithole mean? A quick look at urban dictionary can give a person a glance into what Donald Trump, the commander and chief of these here United States, used to depict the home of one of the countries of the victims that have a temporary protected status in the U.S.

A shithole is a derogatory term to depict an undesirable or otherwise crappy place to live, work, and party, and used to describe a filthy dwelling. Temporary protected status is where citizens from another country can immigrate to the U.S., temporarily, due to the U.S. recognizing a state of crisis in their own countries.

Two responses magnified the impact from this comment for me: the white house's spokesperson, Raj Shah responded to the backlash with "Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,"; in response to the backlash and while there were numerous accounts of politicians calling him out on it, the president tweeted that the words had never escaped his lips.

The issue with the response from Shah is the total lack of remorse or reprimand on a sentiment that marks many victims of countries in disrepair after devastating natural disasters who seek refuge in our diverse and powerful one, as a nuisance because their country doesn't hold the same political power as ours. His response to people saying the president's words hurt them, was that they were too concerned with feeling the pain of others is somehow un-American.

As if one can't fight for the safety of citizens of El Salvado, Honduras, Haiti Nepal, Syria, Nicaragua, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and South Sudan and fight for the issues facing the U.S. These things aren't mutually exclusive, as one fights for the Black Lives that matter in the U.S. and empathizes with the plight of the Haitians that don't have homes to return to, they are still able to uphold the values and ethics of being outstanding Americans.

The issue with my current president denying his hurtful comment is that, when faced with backlash, he doesn't defend or learn from the statement. Instead, he unconvincingly lies and pretends he never said it.

This shows he not only chose not to learn from his actions, he also chose not to deal with the pain his own words, as the president, caused his people.

A leader is the face of a country, they are the voice, passion, beliefs, values, mind, body, and soul of their country's people.

In the end this either illustrates a divide in core values, between the American people and its political leader; or illustrates how the majority of the U.S. citizens feel when it comes to aiding non-European countries.

Personally however, Trump's initial shitty comment seemed normal to me. I think this follows trend of the other bigoted, sexist, and hurtful theme he has based his actions, political platform, and words around.

This land is your land, this land is my land, sure does sound beautiful in theory, though apparently, it is quite different in practice as it requires the citizens of the U.S. to extend their heart for human beings that are not their sisters or brothers, or moms and dads, but instead people who share a different zip code, but same issues.

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