I am ashamed by Donald Trump’s “shithole” comments about Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We condemn them. His remarks dehumanize our fellow human beings—of which countries like mine have done in unconscionable ways across history. They are racist. They foolishly undermine U.S. business interests and national security. They are simply untrue. They are dangerous. They encourage violence. They are cruel and hurtful. They miss the innovation, economic growth and entrepreneurship that rivals our own. They are un-American. They are not ok—and, I vigorously disagree.
Our colleagues, coffee producing partners, business associates, friends and family in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean are many of the brightest lights in what lately feels like a far too dark world. We need that light now more than ever! Let us all work together to be sure that Dr. King’s belief is indeed true, that, “the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”