THE 45th president of the US, Donald Trump, is currently in the midst of a controversy involving a self-inflicted wound about which he felt obliged to declare: “I am not a racist.”
To be deemed a racist is a terrible burden for anyone to bear. But to find it necessary to go on the defensive against such an allegation while serving as US president is most likely unprecedented.
President Trump’s sin, for which he has since cast himself in sackcloth and ashes, pertains to his shocking and vulgar reference to Haiti and unnamed states in Africa as “shithole countries” from which his administration is certainly not anxious to receive immigrants.
The ensuing hullabaloo, which has created serious political problems for both Trump’s administration as well as the US congress, has forced him to admit that some “rough language” was used at the meeting that was dealing with immigration matters when the offensive term was uttered.