The president of the United States thinks some countries are “shitholes.” And, to no one’s surprise, they happen to be populated by people with dark skin.
In yesterday’s post, I debated whether America was burning, much like Rome — whether its best days were ahead of it, or behind it. Today the debate seems silly.
Leaders of great nations don’t talk the way America’s president talks.
It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is. There is more to life than the status or standards (of living and morality) of one’s country of residence. Things like family and friends matter more. Far more.
I suspect America was never as great as some people believe and isn’t nearly as bad today as some people believe. As is often the case, truth is probably hiding somewhere in the middle, out of sight.
We do know that such condescension is not new. “Those places are filled with barbarians.” “Savages.” “Illiterates.” So-called great nations have never had any trouble coming up with pejorative terms to describe people of less powerful and less wealthy places. Just add “shithole” to the list.
The danger inherent in condescension is that it always comes back to bite you in the ass. Ironic, isn’t it?