After The New York Times leaked details of President Trump’s offensive racist comments in the Oval Office regarding Haitians all having AIDS and Nigerians not wanting to “go back to their huts” in Africa after coming to America, the backlash began almost immediately.
Natasha Oladukun, a Nigerian poet and visiting professor of English at Hollins University, went onto Twitter to give her reaction to Trump’s racist tirade.
As a Nigerian I can honestly say that our air-conditioned huts with fully functioning entertainment systems offer a much better situation than whatever flatulent policies this rancid orange keeps popping out
but that’s none of my tea https://t.co/4uDhKCTl9M
— Natasha Lightskin R&B Tone Oladokun (@NatashaOladokun) December 23, 2017
The “air-conditioned huts with fully functioning entertainment systems” were probably not what the President had in mind when thinking of Nigerian huts, but since his vision of the world is filtered through a prism of racism forged through visions of African tribes as seen in old Hollywood movies, or, more likely, old cartoons, it’s not surprising that his idea of Africa is as antiquated as his worldview.
A further testament to Trump’s ignorance is the fact that Nigerian immigrants in the U.S. have the highest levels of education in the nation, surpassing whites and Asians, according to Census data. Although they make up a tiny portion of the U.S. population, a whopping 17 percent of all Nigerians in this country held master’s degrees while 4 percent had a doctorate, according to the 2006 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 37 percent had bachelor’s degrees.
And at least one is a professor and a tweeting poet with awesome political commentary skills.