Today’s quote comes to us from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma whom, as I’m sure you all know (yes, that is sarcasm), has just completed her term as head of the African Union.
Here is what Ms. Dlamini-Zuma has to say about Donald Trump’s immigration directive:
“The very country to which many of our people were taken as slaves during the transatlantic slave trade has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries.”
OK, let’s see how many things we can find wrong with that statement:
-First, there’s that “the very country” beginning. Not “a country” but “the very country”. This suggests that the United States is the one and only country where people were taken as slaves – which exposes Ms. Dlamini-Zuma’s ignorance, her dishonesty or both.
-Next, we have “Many of our people were taken as slaves”. Actually, slaves were taken to a good many more countries than the USA. And a great many Africans enslaved other Africans – the ones they did not slaughter. Maybe Ms. Dlamini-Zuma would like to remind us this. And also of the fact that, when the USA allowed slavery, it was commonplace in many parts of the world – especially the part she just represented. Finallym, allow me to remind her that slaves brought to the United States did not spontaneously show up at the docks. Most were sold to United States slave traders by other Africans. Does she have anything to say about, say, the Ashanti tribes, which were neck-deep in the slave trade? Uh….nope.
-Finally, there is her charge that the United States “has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries”. Another outright lie. For 6 of the 7 countries, there is no ban at all, there is a 3 month suspension until significant vetting procedures are implemented. For just one country – hopelessly war-torn, terrorist infested Syria – the suspension is indefinite. But even in Syria’s case there is no permanent ban.
Well, that’s about it.
I award Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Quote Of The Day “honors” for providing a statement so incorrect, so fact-challenged that… maybe, in addition to my award, she should also be given media credentials.