Trump not welcome

Pan Africanists declare US president ‘persona non grata’

Local and regional Pan-Africanists and socialist groups have lashed out at United States President Donald Trump for offensive comments he reportedly made about Africa nations, Haiti and elsewhere during an Oval Office meeting last Thursday.

Trump has since denied describing certain nations in the vulgar terms he was accused of using.

However, in a strongly worded “declaration” issued on behalf of the people of the Caribbean, President of the Clement Payne Movement David Comissiong said the US president was no longer welcomed to the region.

“We, the undersigned representatives of the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby declare that president Donald Trump of the United States of America is persona non grata in our Caribbean region,” Comissiong said as he read from the statement that was prepared by the “Pan-Africanist and socialist popular forces of the Caribbean nation of Barbados”.

Comissiong told journalists today that the declaration was submitted to “the people and civil society organizations of the Caribbean for their endorsement and adoption” last Saturday and has since received about 200 signatures from 17 nations, including embattled Venezuela.

The declaration states that “any insult or attack that is directed at the African continent or at the Republic of Haiti is intrinsically an insult and attack that is directed at us as well”.

“We, the people of the Caribbean, have determined that by describing the nations of Africa, the Republic of Haiti and Central American nation of El Salvador as ‘shit hole countries’, US president Donald Trump has committed a despicable and unpardonable act of anti-Black, anti-African, anti-Brown racism that has served to further energize and fortify the vile White supremacy system that the said president Trump has self-consciously sought to champion and lead,” said a passionate Comissiong.

“We, the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby declare to the entire world that we vehemently and unreservedly denounce president Donald Trump and the evil and inhumane White supremacy value system that he represents,” he added.

Pointing out that Trump’s latest alleged comments were “not isolated”, the attorney-at-law said the declaration signalled that Caribbean people were prepared to engage in “popular demonstrations” designed to prevent Trump from entering any of the sovereign Caribbean nations.

The declaration, which has been placed on several social media sites, is currently available in four different languages.

It came on the heels of a statement issued by the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) bloc in which it stated that it was deeply disturbed by the “derogatory and repulsive language” by the US president.

Despite Trump’s subsequent denial, CARICOM said it “condemns in the strongest terms, the unenlightened views reportedly expressed”.

In a separate statement issued at the weekend, University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles said the US owed a debt of gratitude to the Caribbean, and the Haitian nation in particular for illuminating America’s way out of its colonial darkness.

“This is the debt president Trump’s America owes Toussaint L’Ouverture’s Haiti. It’s a debt of philosophical clarity and political maturity. It’s a debt of how to rise to its best human potential. It’s a debt of exposure to higher standards. Haiti is really America’s Statue of Liberty,” Sir Hilary said.

“The president’s truth making troops might not know, and probably care little for the fact that Haitian people were first in this modern world to build a nation completely free of the human scourge of slavery and native genocide. It might be worthless in their world view that Haiti’s leadership made the Caribbean the first civilization in modernity to criminalize and constitutionally uproot such crimes against humanity and to proceed with sustainability to build a nation upon the basis of universal freedom [but] the tale of their two constitutions tells this truth,” he added while pointing out that “the American Independence Declaration of 2nd July, 1776, reinforced slavery as the national development model for the future, [compared to] the Haitian Independence Declaration, 1st January, 1804, [which] defined slavery a crime and banished it from its borders.

“Haiti, then, became the first nation in the world to enforce a provision of personal democratic freedom for all, and did so at a time when America was deepening its slavery roots,” the Barbadian academic said.

But while stating that the Pan-African movement recognized the “constraints under which institutions like CARICOM and the University of the West Indies operate”, Comissiong said their statements were simply “not enough in a situation like this”.

He insisted that “Mr Trump’s egregious insult and attack . . . requires an action response”.

“One of the things we will do, we will petition our governments, but we are very clear that we will not content ourselves with petitioning our governments. We will also vehemently protest against any Trump visit, but we won’t stop there. We further go on to say that we have committed ourselves to engage in popular demonstrations designed to prevent president Donald Trump’s entry into any portion of the territory of our Caribbean region,” insisted Comissiong.

Source: by Marlon Madden

24 Responses to Trump not welcome

  1. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown January 15, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Don’t stop at Trump add he followers and ppl who share the same ideology. Trump did not put himself in office, he got there by a lot of racist ppl like himself, some these same ppl hop in a boat and plane and fly to the
    Caribbean skinning them teeth with wanna,
    when back in the USA them just as racist as their President.

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  2. Mark Rosmar January 16, 2018 at 2:50 am

    I think Barbadkans should boycott the States.

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    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 6:38 am

      U funny. How?

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      • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 6:41 am

        Seeing that you r dealing with a beast with MANY prongs and charging ports.

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  3. Sheron Inniss January 16, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Yes, Trump’s statements may be offensive but Haiti’s position was not of his making. None of you all can brain wash me. He became president last year.

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    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 6:51 am

      GM Sheron – Trump is not a single operating unit, but the representation of an AGE OLD repetitive INSTITUTION. The moment you think of him as a single operative u will lose by default and fall off the train. Something like running a relay race.

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      • Tee White January 16, 2018 at 6:55 am

        Spot on Jennifer

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        • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 6:59 am

          Gm Tee White.

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    • Celly January 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Where was it stated that Haiti’s position was of trump’s making?

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    • TOMMY A January 16, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      brain wash you about what?why you even bring up Haiti situation,his statement was not about Haiti situation.His statement is referred to all poor countries that cannot do anything financially for the USA.Barbados included.One thing for sure,it’s a low blow for the Haitian movement HAITIAN FOR TRUMP.

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  4. luther thorne January 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Not WelcomeD

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  5. Carlisle Norville January 16, 2018 at 9:05 am

    To tell you the truth( & to face REALTY),you all really believe that if Trump wanted to come to Barbados, that the government of Barbados would deny him entry, bagans cant even stand up for things that happen here in Barbados, you expect them to march or protest trump coming to Barbados, bagans got a lot of mouth but NO ACTION, we are GREAT Pretenders. (waiting to see what bagans are going to do if Trump makes a visit.!according to the saying wanna ain’t know wa going on.!

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    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 9:41 am

      “we are GREAT Pretenders”.
      RED CARPET AND ALL will be rolled out like for a god – yes massa – zombie-ism. They are also boot lickers, ass kissers, shoe shiners, and the like. And that is how they got this people into all this mess. And many of them in his lodging institutions too – delusion of incision at play.

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  6. Sherlock Holmes. January 16, 2018 at 11:56 am

    stupesssssssssssssss! A bunch of jokers give me Trump any day over Maduro who has his people eating cats and cant get a roll of toilet paper.

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    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Both men have similar objectives.

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    • Richard Johnston January 16, 2018 at 7:24 pm

      That’s not the choice at hand.

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    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      Would you liken Maduro to Mugabe SH.

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  7. milli watt January 16, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    EVER SO WELCOMED WAIT FOR A CALL………..

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  8. Alex Alleyne January 16, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    barking big with not a tooth to bite.

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  9. Bajan USA January 16, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Im a born bajan. But my people are a bunch of ill inform dunce when it comes to articulating simple issues.what the hell will David and his pan African brum beating hill billies do to stop an American president from a state visit to Barbados? You all should be happy to have him cause Obama never came here.

    David need a real job and stop standing in the way of Barbados progress.

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  10. Belfast January 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Heard the one about the Ant planning a stinging attack on an elephant?

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  11. Belfast January 16, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Remember we are the same people who contributed handsomely towards the rebuilding of the monument on Bush Hill dedicated to the slave-owning George Washington.

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  12. allison archer January 17, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I usually have nothing to say but when I think I have heard it all someone else stands to be the clown for the day
    these people from this particular pan Africanists movement are highly qualified??????????

    true to said qualifications assuredly does not impart common sense

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  13. Akili Malawee January 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    This is a well written declaration..ut I know it is all talk..We in Jamaica have to keep quiet because we are tied to the frocktail of America. We are indebted to our teeth and if Trump should make an announcement of removing aid from our island,, we would all be doomed..! Sad but true

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