What President Trump said today would be unbelievable, astonishing, and awful at any time.
What message is he sending to our students? To our white students? To our Haitian and African immigrant students? To all our students of color?
I wrote a similar post a few weeks ago titled Which Christmas Message Should We Be Sending?
Nations in the Caribbean and Africa are the next two units we’ll be studying in my ELL Geography class. I can’t not somehow talk about his comments, but I’m still processing the best ways to handle it. I’m all ears for suggestions.
Here are a few tweets about today’s events:
Haiti’s US Ambassador Paul Altidor tells me Haiti’s government has formerly summoned a US official to explain Trump’s comments to Haiti’s officials. “Haitians fought along US soldiers in the revolutionary war and we continue to be great contributors to American society,” he said https://t.co/adRajn3O5y
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 12, 2018
Republican Rep. Mia Love, whose family comes from Haiti, responds to President Trump’s comments on Haiti and African nations, saying “The President’ comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values.”
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 12, 2018
Breaking News: Using vulgar language, President Trump said the U.S. should welcome immigrants from Norway, not places like Haiti or Africa https://t.co/Qq8ENW0udM
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 11, 2018
It sounds absurd today but back in the day there was hysteria against Norwegian immigrants, who allegedly refused to assimilate and undermined American values.https://t.co/q4LwYBdTeZ pic.twitter.com/7CrHGpnvuJ
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 11, 2018
The American soldier who died this month saving fellow Americans in the Bronx apartment fire was an immigrant from Ghana. He died after reentering the building a third time to rescue people. He just finished basic training to serve his adopted nation. https://t.co/lQmIgQr69E https://t.co/6H7MIaOtLy
— Brennan P. Monaco (@Brennan) January 12, 2018
In Savannah, Georgia’s Franklin Square, there is monument to the 500 Haitians – the “Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue” – the largest black regiment to serve in the American Revolutionary War – for their contribution to an independent United States. #Haiti pic.twitter.com/BXDuP0DBJB
— Vladimir Duthiers (@vladduthiersCBS) January 12, 2018
Because the President won't say it, I want to give a shout out to all the amazing Haitian, African and Salvadoran immigrants and their children in this country who keep making America great – again and again.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 11, 2018
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) January 12, 2018
Viral photo of Haitian immigrant to Maryland crying at his West Point graduation is having another moment after Trump's comments. Our story from 2016 https://t.co/1jNeJaeJRM
— Ian Duncan (@iduncan) January 12, 2018