Why The Legacy of Colonialism and White Greed is The Shithole Black and Brown People Can’t Get Out Of

Ezinne Ukoha
4 min readJan 12, 2018

What President Trump said about people from Africa, Haiti and El Salvador doesn’t upset me. It’s not that I don’t find his words offensive — it’s really the weightiness of being mature enough to examine the stuff in the “shithole” that Black and Brown people can’t get out of.

Perhaps my days are numbered or maybe there’s a definite shift in the parameters of my mind as I take in the historical crimes against my people — and realize how blatantly the sins of White people have been celebrated through the lenses of Hollywood — and the betrayal of White politicians who support a racist leader with shameless authority.

We celebrate shows like The Crown and hail the real-life Queen as some kind of a heroine when she’s really a bedazzled thug — decked out in the jewels that my ancestors were drowned for after enduring lashes of indignity from their White oppressors.

Films like A Good Man in Africaa trash-filled comedy that only the English can perfect — is centered around British diplomats who are based in an African nation that conveniently straddles “a huge oil reserve.” This immaculate discovery naturally forces the British officers to nix their exit strategy — as they devise a way to screw the locals out of their resources…