Raptors President Ujiri To Trump: “If I Grew Up In A Shithole, I Am Proud of My Shithole”
Much like everybody else around the country and world, Masai Ujiri did not appreciate the comments spewed by Donald Trump. He had a message for the President following his latest racially charged controversy on Friday.
“I went to visit the refugee camp in Dadaab (Kenya),” Ujiri told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski of a recent visit to Africa. “And I met good people and good families with plenty of hope. If those places are being referred to as shitholes, go visit those places, and go meet those people.”
The Toronto Raptors President’s strong reply came on the heels of President Donald Trump coming under fire for referring to developing nations as “shithole countries” and asking why more immigrants don’t come from Norway.
Ujiri was born in Nigeria and moved to North Dakota in his early 20s. He has gained the respect of his peers as he moved up the ranks to become a respected executive in the NBA.
He continued his comments:
“Just because someone lives in a hut, that doesn’t mean that isn’t a good person, that that person can’t do better, that person isn’t capable of being great,” Ujiri said. “And just because it’s a hut, whatever that means, doesn’t mean it’s not a home. God doesn’t put anyone someplace permanently. I am a living testimony to that. If I grew up in a shithole, I am proud of my shithole.”