– Over the weekend, popular Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie made the news for a very important reason
– Speaking at a TV interview, she gave the perfect answer to a white magazine editor who said Donald Trump wasn’t racist
– Her statement gives every black person hope and at this rate, if Chimamanda decides to run for president in 2016, she would have a lot of supporters
Even though Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is known more as a writer, it seems she has added public affairs commentator to her resume. In recent times, she has spoken out in support of feminism, criticizing superstar musician Beyonce’s version of it and most recently, she gave the perfect reply to a white man who said he refused to believe American President-elect Donald Trump was racist.
Adichie was appearing as a guest on the BBC’s Newsnight TV program on Nov. 11, alongside the conservative editor of the American Spectator magazine, Robert Emmett Tyrrell. According to QZ.com, the two clashed over how Trump will govern as president, and what the endorsement of the right wing extremist group Ku Klux Klan meant for his presidency.
Donald Trump’s win: Popular Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was a guest on BBC alongside editor of the American Spectator magazine, Robert Emmett Tyrrell
“I think what we should do is look at Trump for who Trump has told us and shown us that he is,” Adichie said. “So let’s look at what he has said on the campaign trail. The only way we can judge the kind of president he will be is based on the campaign that he ran,” She also added.
Refuting Adichie’s opinion, Tyrrell dismissed the endorsement of the KKK, saying, “I can’t imagine anybody more marginal to American election than the KKK.” The magazine editor also refused to acknowledge that Trump was racist, dismissing Republican House speaker Paul Ryan’s description of Trump’s remarks as “textbook racism.”
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Adichie wasn’t about to let that go. She responded: “If you’re a white man, you don’t get to define what racism is. … You don’t get to sit there and say that he hasn’t been racist when objectively he has. And it’s not about your opinion. There are objective things, racism is an objective reality, and Donald Trump has inhabited that reality.”
Watch the video below:
At this point, can we give Chimamanda a resounding round of applause?
Apparently, this interview wasn’t the first time Adichie has spoken about the 2016 US elections. In June, she published a short story called The Arrangements, in which she took readers into the intimate lives of the Trump family through the eyes of the future first lady, Melania Trump. Adichie was also one of four writers who penned thank-you notes in the New York Times to first lady Michelle Obama.