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IAD Statement in Response to President Trump's Comments on African Countries

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The faculty of the Institute for African Development strongly protest the racist and derogatory statements made by U.S. President Donald Trump, calling African states “shithole countries.” As an institute that brings Africans, Americans, and a wider international community together as colleagues, teachers, students, and researchers, we are appalled and insulted by Trump’s outrageously offensive remarks. His characterization of Africa not only insults Africans on the continent and in the African Diaspora, but also denies the great contributions that Africans have made, and continue to make, to this country. We at IAD join with the Africanist scholarly community in solidarity against the bigotry that Donald Trump’s remarks represent.