|Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, chairwoman of the New York-based |
Haitian Roundtable (Photo: CMC)
Sunday, December 31, 2017
NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — As Haitian Americans prepare to commemorate their homeland's 214th anniversary as the world's first black republic on Monday, many are still outraged over derogatory remarks allegedly made by United States President Donald Trump about Haitians.
“No, we're not one of the four Hs for AIDS. One, we're not going back to that and two, never again will we be pulled into the dark, feeling like you have to hide being Haitian because of the fear of name calling especially for our young kids,” said Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, chairwoman of the New York-based Haitian Roundtable, which called Trump's alleged comment “reprehensible” in a statement. “My hashtag is #Neveragain.”
Two weeks ago it was reported that Trump exploded with vitriolic and racist comments, in a heated White House meeting with his top policy advisors in June in attempting to advance his immigration agenda, saying that all Haitians have AIDS and mocking Nigerians .
According to six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting, Trump then began reading aloud from a document, which his domestic policy adviser, Stephen Miller, had given him just before the meeting. more