Raptors president Masai Ujiri responds to Donald Trump: ‘If I grew up in a shithole, I am proud of my shithole’

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American president Donald Trump called African nations “shithole countries,” according to a senator in the immigration meeting and corroborated by other reports.

That didn’t sit well with Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who was born and raised in Nigeria.

Ujiri, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

“I don’t think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s what inspiring leadership can be. What sense of hope are we giving people if you are calling where they live — and where they’re from — a shithole?

“We have to inspire people and give them a sense of hope. We need to bring people along, not ridicule and tear them down. This cannot be the message that we accept from the leader of the free world.

“I don’t know that just because someone lives in a hut, that doesn’t mean that isn’t a good person, that that person can’t do better, that person isn’t capable of being great. And just because it’s a hut – whatever that means – doesn’t mean it’s not a home. God doesn’t put anyone someplace permanently. I am a living testimony to that. If I grew up in a shithole, I am proud of my shithole.”

The United States should welcome people who embrace our freedoms and opportunities. Whether or not their current country is prosperous (or Norway) shouldn’t matter.