People From Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa Proudly Represent Their Nationality After President's Racist Remarks

"I'm a future doctor. I'm a medical student [...] I'm from a #ShitHole country."

President Donald Trump is once again making headlines for his cruel and problematic comments — this time, it's being said he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as "shithole countries." On Thursday, during a White House meeting with lawmakers on a potential immigration deal, Trump grew frustrated and reportedly asked, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"  He then suggested that the United States should bring in more people from countries like Norway.

The racist overtones are glaring. 

According to several sources who were briefed on the meeting, the President also said, "Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out." 

Trump's disturbing comments of course led to a maelstrom of disgust and shame from American citizens and people around the world. Sadly, not many were shocked. However, there are some folks out there who are turning this negative news into something positive.

In response to Trump's "shithole" comment, a Twitter user named Nyadow Chol tweeted her list of impressive accomplishments before signing off with "I'm from a #ShitHole country."  

Her tweet went viral and has inspired other amazing people from supposed “shithole” countries to proudly represent their nationality, as well as their wonderful contributions to this country and the world. Take a look.

"I just wanted to open the eyes of those who may be thinking that immigrants from poor countries have nothing to offer American society. That is not the case, " Chol told A Plus. "None of us get to choose where we are born and the United States willingness to embrace immigrants is what makes it one of the greatest nations in the world." 

She continued, "I tweeted to raise awareness. Although I am from a country that was grouped into the presidents reference, look what I've achieved and additionally what I have and will contribute to the American society. Immigrants do not drain the society, we are grateful for the opportunities and second chances America has provided for us. We are going to work hard and make a difference because we love America just as much as we love our home country. 

Additionally, we shouldn't have to sit here in 2018 and defend ourselves or justify our existence to the president of the United States. I hope the tweet is a platform to amplify the voices of individuals from the countries the president referenced."

Trump's comments suggest that people from Haiti, Africa, and El Salvador, which all happen  to have a predominate population of people of color,  are worthless — as if their lives aren't as important as any other human being on this planet. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper addressed the President's distasteful critique of Haiti in a heartfelt and powerful monologue.  

"Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people," Cooper said. "Rich and poor, well educated and not, good and bad. But I've never met a Haitian who isn't strong. You have to be to survive in a place where the government has often abandoned its people, where opportunities are few and where mother nature has punished the people far more than anyone should ever be punished." 

With more people speaking out for themselves and for each other, the strength of resistance grows more and more each day.

Cover image via Benny Jackson on Unsplash

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