Speaking of sh**holes, where were you?

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Speaking of sh**holes, where were you?

The Trump Era News Cycle is a pat­tern of
1. Trump tweets or says some­thing,
2. Sh**storm devel­ops over the tweet or the remark,
3. Impor­tant inter­na­tional or national devel­op­ments go ignored.

The lat­est storm is over Trump’s remark,

Why are we hav­ing all these peo­ple from shit­hole coun­tries come here?”

Just as before, the out­rage is all over social media and the cable news cycle.

There’s an accu­sa­tion of racism, as the remark appar­ently referred to immi­grants from Haiti, El Sal­vador and African coun­tries. If that is the case, I cer­tainly con­demn it.

The prob­lem that will endure after any pres­i­den­tial term lim­its, how­ever, is with the countries.

I’ve been blog­ging about Latin Amer­ica for four­teen years. The con­di­tions in Haiti are the worst in our hemi­sphere. El Sal­vador is rid­dled with crime. Venezuela has declined to the point it may qual­ify for a spot on the list.

So, I’d like to ask all who are insulted by hav­ing a coun­try described as a “shit­hole,” where were you when the Clin­tons became the King and Queen of Haiti?

El Sal­vador became the homi­cide cap­i­tal of the world: One mur­der every hour, reports The Guardian. Gang mem­bers are killing peo­ple in the US and send­ing the videos to their bosses in El Sal­vador. Were you aware?

Were you out­raged when Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez declared him­self a Marx­ist and took over pri­vate prop­erty and the media? Would hav­ing peo­ple kill zoo ani­mals for food qual­ify a coun­try as a shithole?

And if one is to look at racism, are you trav­el­ing to Cuba “before it changes”?

If you are so offended by the obvi­ously crude ter­mi­nol­ogy, could you con­sider ways for these benighted coun­tries to retain their best and bright­est cit­i­zens and get out of the hole?

But herein lies the good news: the shit­hole sta­tus doesn’t have to be per­ma­nent; in fact, quite often, it is tran­si­tory. The coun­try that was shit­hole yes­ter­day might not be so today, because the fac­tors that made it shit­hole in the first place have changed: it is now peace­ful and safe, the gov­ern­ment is bet­ter, and the insti­tu­tions have evolved.

It’s not nec­es­sar­ily an easy process, par­tic­u­larly when there are ingrained cul­tural and reli­gious rea­sons for being shit­hole. But being shit­hole is never inevitable.

Are you wil­ing to exam­ine what is caus­ing the prob­lem and do the hard work to effect change?

Or is all your blus­ter saved for social media?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

The Trump Era News Cycle is a pattern of
1. Trump tweets or says something,
2. Sh**storm develops over the tweet or the remark,
3. Important international or national developments go ignored.

The latest storm is over Trump’s remark,

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

Just as before, the outrage is all over social media and the cable news cycle.

There’s an accusation of racism, as the remark apparently referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. If that is the case, I certainly condemn it.

The problem that will endure after any presidential term limits, however, is with the countries.

I’ve been blogging about Latin America for fourteen years. The conditions in Haiti are the worst in our hemisphere. El Salvador is riddled with crime. Venezuela has declined to the point it may qualify for a spot on the list.

So, I’d like to ask all who are insulted by having a country described as a “shithole,” where were you when the Clintons became the King and Queen of Haiti?

El Salvador became the homicide capital of the world: One murder every hour, reports The Guardian. Gang members are killing people in the US and sending the videos to their bosses in El Salvador. Were you aware?

Were you outraged when Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez declared himself a Marxist and took over private property and the media? Would having people kill zoo animals for food qualify a country as a shithole?

And if one is to look at racism, are you traveling to Cuba “before it changes”?

If you are so offended by the obviously crude terminology, could you consider ways for these benighted countries to retain their best and brightest citizens and get out of the hole?

But herein lies the good news: the shithole status doesn’t have to be permanent; in fact, quite often, it is transitory. The country that was shithole yesterday might not be so today, because the factors that made it shithole in the first place have changed: it is now peaceful and safe, the government is better, and the institutions have evolved.

It’s not necessarily an easy process, particularly when there are ingrained cultural and religious reasons for being shithole. But being shithole is never inevitable.

Are you wiling to examine what is causing the problem and do the hard work to effect change?

Or is all your bluster saved for social media?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog