Thanks to the ‘heads up’ from Bob Arias (Colombia 1964-66)
I emailed Karen for her comments but have not heard back from her.
Peace Corps Volunteer Does 180 After Living in Africa: ‘Trump Was Right’
We’re just a little over halfway through the month of January, but I think we’ve pretty much established what the “covfefe” of 2018 is going to be: “s***hole countries.”
It’s not even clear whether or not the president actually said those words, mind you, but it’s sparked a debate about the diversity lottery and other forms of visas for individuals from nations that wouldn’t ordinarily qualify for migration to the United States.
There have been plenty of people who have come to Trump’s defense over this matter, including the usual immigration hawks. One unusual defender of the president, however, is a former Peace Corps volunteer who says her time in Africa has convinced her that Trump is right on merit-based integration.
In a piece for the American Thinker published this week, Karen McQuillan (Senagal 1971-72) argued that her experience in Senegal after college exposed systemic problems in that country’s culture which couldn’t necessarily be changed simply by offering American visas to those who wish to emigrate.
“Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, ‘a fecalized environment,’” McQuillan wrote.
“In plain English: s— is everywhere. People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water. Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.”
The problem didn’t just involve the sanitary conditions, either. McQuillan noted cultural differences that could make integration into American society difficult.
“We hear a lot about the kleptocratic elites of Africa. The kleptocracy extends through the whole society. My town had a medical clinic donated by international agencies. The medicine was stolen by the medical workers and sold to the local store. If you were sick and didn’t have money, drop dead. That was normal,” McQuillan wrote.
“In Senegal, corruption ruled, from top to bottom. Go to the post office, and the clerk would name an outrageous price for a stamp. After paying the bribe, you still didn’t know it if it would be mailed or thrown out. That was normal,” she continued.
“One of my most vivid memories was from the clinic. One day, as the wait grew hotter in the 110-degree heat, an old woman two feet from the medical aides — who were chatting in the shade of a mango tree instead of working – collapsed to the ground. They turned their heads so as not to see her and kept talking. She lay there in the dirt. Callousness to the sick was normal.”
And while one feels for those stuck in such an environment, McQuillan argued that the issue wouldn’t be solved by reflexively giving visas to individuals from a culture where integration into American society could prove exceptionally difficult difficult.
“The more I worked there and visited government officials doing absolutely nothing, the more I realized that no one in Senegal had the idea that a job means work,” McQuillan wrote. “A job is something given to you by a relative. It provides the place where you steal everything to give back to your family.
“I couldn’t wait to get home. So why would I want to bring Africa here? Non-Westerners do not magically become American by arriving on our shores with a visa.”
Indeed, McQuillan said her time in the Peace Corps gave her perspective in terms of how to fix problems in failed or failing republics.
“African problems are made worse by our aid efforts. Senegal is full of smart, capable people. They will eventually solve their own country’s problems. They will do it on their terms, not ours. The solution is not to bring Africans here,” she wrote.
“For the rest of my life, I enjoyed the greatest gift of the Peace Corps: I love and treasure America more than ever. I take seriously my responsibility to defend our culture and our country and pass on the American heritage to the next generation.
“We are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration. They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist. I don’t need to prove a thing. Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America. They want to destroy America as we know it.
“As President Trump asked, why would we do that?” McQuillan concluded. “We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in. I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese. I am not willing to donate my country.”
What do you think about what this former Peace Corps volunteer wrote? Scroll down read some of the comments below!
While I wouldn’t have used the “Sh**Hole” term, it quite accurately describes what I experienced in Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, and much of China. For its faults, Western culture has its benefits.
Bruce don’t be politically correct, call it like it is. What’s the difference between a benjo ditch from what they accuse the president of having said? Truth is not served by using euphemisms.
What people need to ask are two questions: Why do the people living in these countries do little to nothing to improve conditions in their home country? What good does it do to import these people into our country, while nothing is being done to improve conditions in their home country?
It is not humane or appropriate to bring them into the United States while nothing is being done to improve their home country!! It only brings our country down to the same level as they left over time! 🙁
They do little or nothing to improve conditions because those conditions are what they consider “normal”. They’ve been living in squalor for generations and know nothing else. Given the opportunity to improve conditions, they don’t understand why. The way they live has been working for them so why do anything else. The adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind. And, it does no good to import these people because all they’ll do is try to make our country just like the one they left, and we have enough people doing that already.
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WOW! I know that is not true everywhere in Africa, but, WOW!
You know this how? Where have you traveled outside the US/Canada?
Bruce Lerner You can know by conversing with people from other places. Once they know and trust you, they will be honest about the conditions in their countries.
Bruce Lerner most of it.
Having worked extensively in Africa and Asia Shi*hole is a gross understatement by Trump! The real word is far too politically incorrect to use on this forum!~
Very well said by someone who was ACTUALLY there!
Smart girl. Too bad her experince in Senegal was so awful. But hey it’s Africa what do you expect. They still have cannibales there.
I notice a similarity in areas of the third world with areas of the US that have high third world immigrant populations: Garbage. Garbage strewn everywhere.
So glad I took the time to read this.
Everybody complains that the word ‘shithole’ is crude, but nobody is disputing its accuracy.
I have been there and it is a shithole😀!!!
So have I and sh*thole doesn’t begin to discribe the conditions!
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wont see this on CNN