Haitian community holds rally in response to Trump's comments

Angelo Anderson
January 20, 2018

Hundreds of Haitian immigrants marched from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan to protest the vulgar word reportedly used by President Donald Trump to describe Haiti and some African nations during an Oval Office meeting on immigration.

"I am here with my fellow Haitians, and also our fellow Africans, to tell Trump he's wrong the way he thinks about us", said Sully Guillaume-Sam, 49, a priest at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bushwick. They commit crimes, bring diseases, receive cash at work to avoid income tax, send much of their income back to their home countries, smuggle drugs, and all at a disastrous cost to America in the billions of dollars. We are a country that made history in the world.

"The policy of the United States is discriminatory and it's nothing new", he said.

Haitian community holds rally in response to Trump's comments
Haitian community holds rally in response to Trump's comments

"On many occasions in the past we have been victims of imperialist countries, particularly the United States", said Mario Joseph, a lawyer and one of the protest leaders.

The reported comments ignited a firestorm of global condemnation and accusations - including from Haiti's government and on Thursday from the country's Senate - that he is racist.

Calling Trump a racist, demonstrators urged their own government to expel the U.S. ambassador in the event of further "aggression" from Washington.


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