David Axelrod

Why Trump's remark about Nigerians and 'huts' is so appalling

Why Trump's remark about Nigerians and 'huts' is so appalling

Long before I arrived in the United States in 1997 on political asylum, I’d heard the apocryphal story of the visiting African who was asked by an American whether it was “true that Africans live on trees?”

The well-educated and well-spoken African responded: “Yes, it is true, and the U.S. Embassy is the biggest hut next to my hut!”

It was funny then, until my friend was asked that same question at her school in Washington. President Trump’s reported statement that when Nigerians see America they never want to go back to “their huts” is downright appalling.

I came here in exile as a young human rights lawyer who had been imprisoned and...

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