November 30, 2022

A Nigerian poet just gave an epic response to Trump’s racist remark about “Nigerian huts”

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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.

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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.

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.

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And at least one is a professor and a tweeting poet with awesome political commentary skills.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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