“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 11, 2018, US President Donald J. Trump reportedly made inappropriate and racist comments to several US lawmakers in regards to immigration to the US by people from El Salvador, Haiti, and several African countries at a meeting on immigration reform. We have decided not to quote the comment here because of its extreme vulgarity and offensiveness. One day before the 8th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed over 200,000 Haitians, the President also reportedly questioned why the US “needs more Haitians” and requested that they be “taken out(of the proposed legislation).” Subsequently, the President has denied that these comments were made. Two of the US senators who attended the meeting, one Democrat and one Republican, corroborated the story and stated that they heard the President make the comments.
Brooklyn College Community Partnership (BCCP) condemns these racist statements. To the Haitian and immigrant communities of Brooklyn, we support you. To the youth of Brooklyn, we accept you without regard to your race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, size, or mental and physical capacities. The current values and policies of the US Presidency do not reflect the values and policies of BCCP. We support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We oppose mass deportations and the destruction of families. We welcome refugees and other immigrants. We oppose racist policing and firmly avow that Black Lives Matter. We believe that women’s rights are human rights and we support the #metoo movement. We support the rights of LGBTQ youth. We oppose any human threat to the natural environment. We believe in net neutrality, a free press, free speech and the right to assembly.