Trump Says His Pals Go To Africa To 'Get Rich.' Is That Offensive?
This reflection article interviews three African professionals to summarize general responses to President Trump’s comments at the United Nations (UN) in August 2017. Some members of the African diaspora are opposed to and infuriated by the way Trump makes clear his interest to exploit Africa for its wealth; others see his interest as a positive shift away from negative rhetoric and aid-focused narratives.
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SummaryIn this response piece, Malaka Gharib outlines how President Trump’s comments about Africa at the 2017 United Nations (UN) week were controversial and transparent. First, Trump’s comments on “getting rich in Africa” were upsetting and conjured images of the continent's colonialist past. Gharib interviews an Sudanese-American entrepreneur living in the US, who explains that what Trump refers to when he says ‘getting rich’ is that he will take advantage of low prices in African labor and resources.
Alternatively, other people interviewed for the article, such as a Zambian lawyer and a Nigerian-based physician and entrepreneur, feel that Trump’s comments are hopeful. Instead of emphasizing the negative aspects of African economics or development statistics, the president emphasized “tremendous business potential;” instead of emphasizing aid, he emphasized business.