TRUMP RANKS AS WORST PRESIDENT IN POLL OF SCHOLARS

Scholars rank you LAST, Trump. Probably because you refuse to fund PBS, Libraries, NEA and NEH. Also, because you can’t read, give an appropriate speech, and embarrass yourself and America, standing next to Trudeau. There are also the matters of State: Unwilling to join NATO, refusing to sign the Climate Change Accord, making Jerusalem the capitol of Israel, cutting funding for the desperate Palestinians , leaving the Puerto Ricans to die by not rescinding the Jones Act, allowing yourself to be purchased by the NRA, and having the gall to ask to borrow a Van Gogh from the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy the golden toilet sculpture they sent you in its place.

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David D. Fowler Well said, Evelia.

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Trump ranks as worst president in poll of scholars

Last Updated Feb 19, 2018 3:47 PM EST

President Trump came in last place in an expert ranking of “presidential greatness,” according to the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey released by Boise State University Monday.

The survey was conducted among 170 current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, which is a group of scholars dedicated to studying the American presidency.

These experts were asked to rank each president on a scale from zero (worst) to 100 (best) based on their overall performance in office. With this, Mr. Trump came in last place with an average score of 12.34.

Even among Republican respondents, Mr. Trump still ranked extremely low, earning the 40th spot for presidential greatness. These Republicans labeled James Buchanan — whose presidency saw the secession of seven states before the Civil War — as the all-time worst and George Washington as the best.

Coming in first place is Abraham Lincoln, who scored an average of 95.03 between both Democrats and Republicans surveyed. The top seven presidents have remained the same since the poll was last conducted in 2014: Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In this round of questioning, former president Barack Obama moved up in the rankings to 8th best president, whereas in 2014 he came in at 18th. Scholars identifying as Republican, however, ranked Obama 16th. Ronald Reagan, who also moved up from his previous ranking, trails behind Obama in 9th place.

Bearing in mind that this was Mr. Trump’s first year in office, the survey takers asked respondents to grade him on an A-F scale on these subjects: his presidency overall, legislative accomplishments, foreign policy leadership, embodying institutional norms, and communicating with the public. Overall, scholars gave him failing grades — three Fs and two Ds. He scored highest on communicating with the public and lowest on embodying institutional norms. Self-identifying Republicans graded him higher — three Ds and two Cs — the higher marks were in communicating with the  public and foreign policy leadership.

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David Bedrick:SOME PEOPLE ASK: WHAT’S RACE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Let me answer:

– When the President responds to the recent mass murder and says that we can’t have parent’s kiss their children goodbye in the morning and not know whether they will be assaulted or murdered. HELLO! If you are familiar with the conversations and experiences in the black community, you will know this has been their experience FOREVER.
– When you realize the absolute hypocrisy of a white killer treated like a young male with mental health issues instead of a black, brown, Muslim, or immigrant terrorist who threatens our country, YOU ARE RIGHT.
– When black folks point out the fact that a black male murderer would have never made it to the police station, all of us white folks should take heed and listen.
– When people note that, in fact, these killers are consistently young, white, and male, THEY TOO ARE RIGHT (even though that fact is ignored by those who focus on race when other violences occur).

If you don’t know what this particular mass murder of school children has to do with race, please get someone to educate you or wake you up out of your serious and complicit denial.

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Bob Walters There is more to it than even that. White terrorist groups operate openly and are allow to train people as killers. White supremacist groups and neo Nazi militias are not patriots they are terrorists.

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Carol Corbitt Actually a black teen who did in school what I understand this kid did last year, would have been arrested and charged as well as expelled

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Edward Barrier I will always love you Evelia.

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Donald Trump Rape and Trafficking Accusations
In the wake of a controversy over lewd comments, an Internet image stitched together some claims about Donald Trump’s alleged abuse of women.
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Donald Trump raped his former wife and a young woman, and his modeling agency was found to be trafficking young girls.
The first claim held that in 1989 Donald Trump’s first ex-wife, Ivana, swore under oath in a deposition that he had violently raped her.
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The allegation largely stemmed from a 199e book about Trump titled Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump by Harry Hurt III, as detailed by The New Yorker.
Ivana agreed to amend her words in order to secure the divorce settlement, in which she reportedly received fourteen million dollars in cash.
When the rape story resurfaced [in 2015], Ivana issued a statement saying that it was “without merit.”
The second allegation in the image was less well known and likely new to many social media users, holding that Trump Model Management (New York City modeling agency) was “caught trafficking young girls and hiding them in basements” — something that likely would have been quite newsworthy, given that human trafficking is an extremely serious crime. This claim originated with a 30 August 2016 Mother Jones article that notably had nothing to do with any allegations that Donald Trump or his modeling agency had engaged in human trafficking.
Instead, the Mother Jones article presented a case that Trump’s anti-immigration position was hypocritical due to Trump Model Management’s purported illegal employment of non-American models. Many of the article’s details involved uncompensated work, a grayer legal area and a circumstance not uncommon among hopefuls trying to get a break in the highly competitive field of modeling.
The article included comment from Canadian former model Rachel Blais and two unnamed women who claimed they worked for Trump Model Management around the mid-2000s and experienced illegal and/or unethical business practices. Although the details of the article were not flattering to Trump or his agency if accurate, asserting that the article accused Trump or his agents of “trafficking young women and hiding them in basements” is a gross exaggeration.
The word “basement” appeared a single time in the article and was not mentioned as a place young female models were held against their will but simply as an example of cramped and pricey “model’s quarters” (of a type not exclusive to Trump’s modeling agency). The image reproduced above elided the article’s description of the unpleasant living arrangements as an unfortunate but not uncommon aspect of the industry that is too often foisted upon aspiring models by agencies:
[Along with one named woman, t]wo other former Trump models — who requested anonymity to speak freely about their experiences, and who we are giving the pseudonyms Anna and Kate — said the agency never obtained work visas on their behalf, even as they performed modeling assignments in the United States … Each of the three former Trump models said she arrived in New York with dreams of making it big in one of the world’s most competitive fashion markets. But without work visas, they lived

Ivana agreed to amend her words in order to secure the divorce settlement, in which she reportedly received fourteen million dollars in cash.
When the rape story resurfaced [in 2015], Ivana issued a statement saying that it was “without merit.”
The second allegation in the image was less well known and likely new to many social media users, holding that Trump Model Management (New York City modeling agency) was “caught trafficking young girls and hiding them in basements” — something that likely would have been quite newsworthy, given that human trafficking is an extremely serious crime. This claim originated with a 30 August 2016 Mother Jones article that notably had nothing to do with any allegations that Donald Trump or his modeling agency had engaged in human trafficking.
Instead, the Mother Jones article presented a case that Trump’s anti-immigration position was hypocritical due to Trump Model Management’s purported illegal employment of non-American models. Many of the article’s details involved uncompensated work, a grayer legal area and a circumstance not uncommon among hopefuls trying to get a break in the highly competitive field of modeling.
The article included comment from Canadian former model Rachel Blais and two unnamed women who claimed they worked for Trump Model Management around the mid-2000s and experienced illegal and/or unethical business practices. Although the details of the article were not flattering to Trump or his agency if accurate, asserting that the article accused Trump or his agents of “trafficking young women and hiding them in basements” is a gross exaggeration.
The word “basement” appeared a single time in the article and was not mentioned as a place young female models were held against their will but simply as an example of cramped and pricey “model’s quarters” (of a type

simply as an example of cramped and pricey “model’s quarters” (of a type not exclusive to Trump’s modeling agency). The image reproduced above elided the article’s description of the unpleasant living arrangements as an unfortunate but not uncommon aspect of the industry that is too often foisted upon aspiring models by agencies:
[Along with one named woman, t]wo other former Trump models — who requested anonymity to speak freely about their experiences, and who we are giving the pseudonyms Anna and Kate — said the agency never obtained work visas on their behalf, even as they performed modeling assignments in the United States … Each of the three former Trump models said she arrived in New York with dreams of making it big in one of the world’s most competitive fashion markets. But without work visas, they lived in constant fear of getting caught … According to three immigration lawyers consulted by Mother Jones, even unpaid employment is against the law for foreign nationals who do not have a work visa. “If the US company is benefiting from that person, that’s work,” explained Anastasia Tonello, global head of the US immigration team at Laura Devine Attorneys in New York. These rules for immigrants are in place to “protect them from being exploited,” she said. “That US company shouldn’t be making money off you.”
Two of the former Trump models said Trump’s agency encouraged them to deceive customs officials about why they were visiting the United States and told them to lie on customs forms about where they intended to live. Anna said she received a specific instruction from a Trump agency representative: “If they ask you any questions, you’re just here for meetings.”
Fashion industry sources say that skirting immigration law in the manner that the three former Trump models described was once commonplace in the modeling world … Kate, who worked for Trump Model Management in 2004, marveled at how her former boss has recently branded himself as an anti-illegal-immigration crusader on the campaign trail. “He doesn’t want to let anyone into the US anymore,” she said. “Meanwhile, behind everyone’s back, he’s bringing in all of these girls from all over the world and they’re working illegally.”
Models’ apartments, as they’re known in the industry, are dormitory-style quarters where agencies pack their talent into bunks, in some cases charging the models sky-high rent and pocketing a profit. According to the three former models, Trump Model Management housed its models in a two-floor, three-bedroom apartment in the East Village, near Tompkins Square Park. Mother Jones is withholding the address of the building, which is known in the neighborhood for its model tenants, to protect the privacy of the current residents.
When Blais lived in the apartment, she recalled, a Trump agency representative who served as a chaperone had a bedroom to herself on the ground floor of the building. A narrow flight of stairs led down to the basement, where the models lived in two small bedrooms that were crammed with bunk beds — two in one room, three in the other. An additional mattress was located in a common area near the stairs. At times, the apartment could be occupied by 11 or more people.
The third and final claim in the meme was perhaps the most widely-reported of all the three things that no one was supposedly talking about. It pertained to a twice-filed civil (not criminal) lawsuit against Donald Trump brought by a woman using the alias “Katie Johnson” who claimed that Trump “sexually and physically” abused her at parties hosted by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein when she was 13 years old and then threatened her to ensure her silence:
I traveled by bus to New York City in June 1994 in the hope of starting a modeling career. I went to several modeling agencies but was told that I needed to put together a modeling portfolio before I would be considered. I then went to the Port Authority in New York City to start to make my way back home. There I met a woman who introduced herself to me as Tiffany. She told me about the parties and said that, if I would join her at the parties, I would be introduced to people who could get me into the modeling profession. Tiffany also told me I would be paid for attending.
The parties were held at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant Jeffrey Epstein. Each of the parties had other minor females and a number of guests of Mr. Epstein, including Defendant Donald Trump at four of the parties I attended. I understood that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein knew I was 13 years old.
Defendant Trump had sexual contact with me at four different parties in the summer of 1994. On the fourth and fnial sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied me to a bed, exposed himself to me, and then proceeded to forcibly rape me. During the course of this savage sexual attack, I loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but he did not. Defendant Trump responded to my pleas by violently striking me in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted,
Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I wold be physically harmed if not killed.
As our article on the lawsuit notes, “Katie Johnson” alone is the source for all claims contained in the lawsuit, she has not been identified or interviewed, and she has not provided any information or evidence outside of her court filing. Donald Trump hasn’t been afforded any opportunity to confront his accuser or the evidence against him in court, and the case may never get that far.
The original poster of the image stated that after “the 2005 video of Donald Trump was released” she wished just to “add fuel to the fire on how disgusting he is” by highlighting things the public allegedly had ignored about the candidate’s history. But two of the three claims about Trump that the public or the news media “are not going to talk about” have in fact received widespread media attention, and the third was contorted to the point of being unrecognizable when compared to the source material from which it was derived.
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WHY OBAMA IS MOST ADMIRED MAN TEN YEARS IN A ROW

Barack Obama Voted Most Admired Man 10th Year In A Row!

ASK FACEBOOK :: Former President Barack Obama is the "Most Admired Man" for the 10th year in a row, according to a new poll, beating out President Donald J. Trump who came in second. 😲🇺🇸🦅 Source: Fox 5 DC: http://bit.ly/2E2jgGkDo you agree?

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OBAMA is most Admired; because Obama is not vulgar (talking about penis size). Because he earns his applause (does not threaten ). Spends his family time with family (doesn’t rant on TWITTER all night). Works against the Obstructionists to help the people (doesn’t give millionaires more millions). Does not make demands of NAFTA (and threaten to leave if he doesn’t get his way). Works for Peace (does not escalate genocide by making Jerusalem the capitol of Israel). Makes friends and allies round the World (does not call people with dark skin “shithole” countries). Helps all victims of disasters (does not leave Puerto Rico to die of thirst and hunger). Remains faithful to our friends and allies (does not leave NATO). Keeps his marriage vows (does not pay a prostitute to please him; and then pays her more to recant). Does not brag that he will be times “Man of the Year” (and then lies that he turned TIME down). Cares about our Planet (does not deny science and Climate Change. Does not advocate making our National Parks and Reserves public lands to be sold to the wealthy ). Does not allow himself to be purchased, like a prostitute, by the NRA which means laws are passed allowing people to buy guns without background checks and being mentally ill ( thus the shootings are escalating in the USA unchecked). The top law this Trump passed was to allow anyone to carry a concealed gun anywhere (our school shootings are an everyday occurrence).
WHICH IS WHY OBAMA IS MOST ADMIRED;
AND TRUMP IS MOST DESPISED.

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JOE KENNEDY III ANSWERS TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH

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GOOD PEOLE DON’T DEFEND BAD MEN by John Pavlovitch

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2018


Mug shots of Martin Luther King Jr. following his 1963 arrest in Birmingham, Ala., for protesting the treatment of blacks. (Wikimedia)

We are now experiencing the coming to the surface of a triple prong sickness … [that] has been lurking within our body politic from its very beginning … the sickness of racism, excessive materialism and militarism. … the plague of western civilization.
—Martin Luther King, Aug. 31, 1967

We kill the most beautiful among us—anyone, it seems, who reveals the nastier, brutish elements of American society and has the audacity to imagine, demand even, a better path: peace, unity and tolerance. Abraham Lincoln, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and so many others.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of King’s tragic assassination, and though countless publications will brim with commemorations and retrospectives of this misunderstood icon, most will miss the mark. Long ago co-opted and sanitized by mainstream political figures, the King of memory bears little resemblance to the radical, complex man himself.

He’s remembered by Democrats and Republicans alike as the “good,” “peaceful” civil rights leader—a useful foil for the “bad” activists of the black power movement, the Stokely Carmichaels, Malcolm Xs and Huey Newtons of the world. In reality, the categories were never so neat, the commonalities staggering.
In a sense, we all—white and black, liberal and conservative—have our own King. My King is the provocative King, the critic of bigotry but also of capitalism and the Vietnam War. The King, in truth, who has been willfully concealed from view.

When I arrived at the American history department at West Point in 2014, I—a white, heterosexual, military man—was handed the portfolio and teaching load on civil rights. Everyone else, it seemed, studied the American Revolution or the Civil War, and, well, I came across as vaguely progressive and willing, at least compared with my peers. A former student of counterinsurgency operations in Northern Ireland, I decided to ditch the old scholarship and embrace my new role. I’ve never looked back. I taught classes and led an annual summer excursion for cadets to visit with movement veterans across the South. I, along with two academy law professors, faced an immediate challenge: the cadets’—and most Americans’—utter misunderstanding of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King himself.

After 50 years, with the United States again locked in racial conflict, culture wars, gaping inequality and perpetual global war, now seems as good a time as any to take stock of the state of King’s “three evils”: racism, materialism and militarism.

America’s Original Sin: Race and Privilege

The cry of “Black Power” is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear … the economic plight of the Negro poor.
—MLK, 1966

They are all linked, by the way. To treat each challenge as discrete is to rob them of their intertwined, inescapable power. Racism is a no-brainer. We’ve not come as far as we like to believe. Sure, there’s been the Brown v. Board ruling, Civil and Voting Rights Acts, even a black president. Nevertheless, each of these historic victories is being rolled back before our eyes. Schools are again as segregated as they’ve been in two generations. Conservative courts have dismantled key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Heck, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions—a man too racist to serve as a federal district judge in the 1980s—heads the Justice Department.

Race and empire are intimately connected. Look only to the unprecedented militarization of the nation’s police—decked out in camo fatigues and sporting the same armored vehicles we drove in Baghdad—and the never-ending catalog of racially charged brutality cases nationwide for evidence. America resembles two armed camps, physically and intellectually isolated from each other. Five decades into an unwinnable and racially biased war on drugs, black men still fill the prisons in this nation—which has by far the highest rate of incarceration worldwide. In 2018 in the U.S., a black male is nine times as likely to serve time as a citizen of the next worst country: Cuba. We’ve got a long way to go.

The Unspoken King: Anti-Capitalism and Counter-Materialism

The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.

The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.
—MLK, 1967

We inhabit a peculiar moment, when most Americans hardly look up from their smartphones long enough to realize they’re missing “Real Housewives.” The vacuous world of celebrity worship and material preoccupation does not lend itself to the impassioned activism King demanded. Unfettered, free-market capitalism—enabled by neoliberal Democrats like the Clintons—has gutted the American dream and rendered it an unattainable nightmare for many. The empirical evidence is staggering.

Income inequality in the (ostensibly) egalitarian United States has reached its worst levels since the Gilded Age. Wages for the working class have been stagnant for 40 years, while the superrich bask in an embarrassment of riches. The federal minimum wage is worth less in real dollars than it was 50 years ago.

Yet it’s all so much worse than that. Obsessive materialism and big money (think pharma, oil, fracking) in politics have set American culture in the express lane to existential disaster. Most of us live a delusion, wishing away the gathering storm of global warming while chasing immediate gratification from social media clicks. Soon after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, Syria finally joined up, making America the true, lone international pariah. Really doubling down, Trump’s recently released National Security Strategy completely removed climate change from the Pentagon’s list of threats. I’m sure King would approve.

The Greatest Purveyor of Violence: American Militarism, 50 Years On

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018

When a Hollywood performer [Reagan], lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events.
—MLK, 1968
The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.

The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.
—MLK, 1967

The cry of “Black Power” is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear … the economic plight of the Negro poor.
—MLK, 1966

We are now experiencing the coming to the surface of a triple prong sickness … [that] has been lurking within our body politic from its very beginning … the sickness of racism, excessive materialism and militarism. … the plague of western civilization.
—Martin Luther King, Aug. 31, 1967

We kill the most beautiful among us—anyone, it seems, who reveals the nastier, brutish elements of American society and has the audacity to imagine, demand even, a better path: peace, unity and tolerance. Abraham Lincoln, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and so many others.

The Greatest Purveyor of Violence: American Militarism, 50 Years On

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.
—MLK, 1967

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#MalcolmArnold: “(Evil Exists For A Reason) is a difficult philosophy to follow BUT …. i believe all happens perfectly and for the good of this planet and the life on it We JUST cannot see the bigger picture–Who would have believed a man sexually harrsing women could bring about so much good for the causes of women’s equality –( always been so but not acknowledged by fearful men ? SO I GUESS I HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE LONG Run. Should I live so long.”

“Someone’s statement only takes on power if you acknowledge them.”
Malcolm Arnold
“Where is the line between ignoring the fools and fighting for Constitutional Rights and Equality for all?”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr.” #MalcolmArnold

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Bob Walters Two things, first, part of the basis of capitalism requires the public to have free access to the market. By denying a subset of the public access to the market they are excluding that part of the public from capitalism. This is a violation of one of Adam Smith’s basic tenets. Not to mention it violates the right to the couple in question to be treated as equals in the society. Second, those clowns with the bakery and their evangelical friends actively persecuted the lesbian couple. Indeed, they were the ones who created all the publicity around the incident.
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Sharon Piett According to the internet, theye made well over $500million from the speaking tours that they did. The judge said that the amount of media attention that they caused was why the settlement was so high.

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I wrote a post last night asking if people could make a cogent argument that Donald Trump was a racist. Here is what I know, First, I know after the comments about “shithole countries” came out, several white supremacist leaders made statements fervently supporting the president. These include David Duke, Richard Spencer and the Daily Stormer. Secondly, I know that when you argue with a self identified white nationalist/white supremacist online (on Twitter/Facebook etc), their arguments also include statements like this.

So, the next question is what exactly is so racist about the statement that these are “shithole countries”. A statement that is widely supported among various white supremacist groups? I mean, objectively speaking, many of these countries are incredibly poor and have terrible violence and crime, so maybe it shows a lack of eloquence, but the statement itself is factually correct, right?

Yes, it is true in fact to say that these countries have shitty conditions. It would be irresponsible to somehow pretend these things weren’t true despite the easily verifiable evidence. HOWEVER, the statement was in the context of immigrantion, not an analysis on the environmental conditions of sub Saharan Africa. Meaning, Trumps comments were a reflection on the people that come from those countries. They weren’t simply an assessment of the socioeconomic circumstances of developing nations. Meaning, he is implying that people who come from Africa (an enormous land mass with dozens of countries that vary in culture, religion, philosophy and economics), are inferior in their worth and ability

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