Education Unions Firmly Condemn Trump’s ‘Vile, Unacceptable’ Comments

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President Donald Trump (R), Senate Minority Leader Richard Durbin and Representative Martha McSally, R-Arizona, participate in a bipartisan congressional meeting on immigration in the Cabinet Room at the White House on January 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI

Reprinted from Education International on January 15, 2017. It is unattributed.

Education International’s affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers and the Union of Education Norway, have strongly rejected US President Trump’s racist comments while speaking about Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African countries.

In an Oval Office meeting with US senators on 11 January to discuss immigration, Donald Trump was reported describing Haiti, El Salvador and unspecified African countries as “shitholes.”

Teacher unions’ commitment to justice and human rights

“The vile and unacceptable comments made by President Trump must be condemned with the strongest possible force. Norwegian and American educators stand in solidarity with their sisters and brothers in Haiti, El Salvador and across Africa—and people of African descent in both of our countries—who will bear the brunt of bigotry,” underline American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten and Union of Education Norway (UEN) President Steffen Handal in their statement issued on 13 January. …

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