New York bookstore proudly displays books written by authors from 'shithole countries'


Screen Shot 2018 01 12 at 7.03.31 PMPhoto courtesy of Rough Draft

  • A bookstore in New York proudly displayed a collection
    of books, many of them written by authors who are from parts of
    the world that President Donald Trump allegedly referred to as
    “shithole countries.”
  • “I think that the positive statement of our collection
    of books stands on its own,” one of the store’s owners told
    Business Insider on Friday night.

A bookstore in New York arranged a series of books that sent a
sharp message in response to President Donald Trump’s
inflammatory remarks that have sparked outrage in the US and
abroad this week.

The Rough Draft Bar & Books
displayed a collection of several books written by authors from
parts of the world that Trump reportedly described as “shithole
countries.” There’s a sign in the middle of the display that
reads: “WRITERS FROM S##THOLE COUNTRIES.”

“I think that the positive statement of our collection of books
stands on its own,” Anthony Stromoski, a co-owner at the
bookstore and a former teacher, told Business Insider on Friday
night. “As a former teacher, my students from Africa, the
Caribbean, South Asia, and Latin America were the strongest,
smartest, hardest working people that I’ve ever met.”

Some of the books on display include works written by Chigozie
Obioma of Nigeria and the late activist and former South African
president, Nelson Mandela.

Trump allegedly made his remarks in reference to immigrants
hailing from Haiti and other African countries during a Thursday
meeting with lawmakers on US immigration policy.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come
here,” Trump allegedly said, according to a Washington Post
report.

Lawmakers who attended the meeting with Trump appear to be
divided over the veracity of the report,
with some confirming the account
, while others said they “do not recall” the
alleged comment.

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