Professor Lisa Armstrong Publishes Response to Trump’s Disparaging Comments

  • By Ellen Lai
Andre Lambertson

Associate Professor Lisa Armstrong wrote a personal essay about her experience reporting in Haiti and Africa in response to President Donald Trump’s “shithole” comments, as reported by The Washington Post. The essay was published in Rolling Stone.

“I wish someone had asked President Trump why he sees people from Haiti and Africa as having such low worth. I suspect it’s pretty simple – to him they’re all poor and black, and thus lack potential,” Armstrong wrote.

She continued: “What the president doesn’t realize is that being poor does not limit one’s ability to be successful. If anything, I’ve seen poverty spur people to excel. And most Caribbean and African immigrants, whether rich or poor, will tell you – the expectation from their parents, and for themselves, is excellence.”

Armstrong grew up in East Africa and the Caribbean and has reported from Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Tajikistan, Liberia and the Philippines.

She has been reporting in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake, through grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and NYU. She has been featured on NPR and the BBC, discussing rape in the camps and HIV/AIDS in the aftermath of the earthquake.