There’s not much to discuss surrounding Trump’s recent comments regarding taking in individuals from “shithole countries” that hasn’t already been pondered regarding his blatant racism.

David Byrne has hit back at those comments, taking to his website to create a playlist of his favourite music to originate from the countries Trump lashed out at in his comments.

In the playlist’s description, Byrne writes:

I assume I don’t have to explain where the shithole reference came from. Here’s a playlist that gives just the smallest sample of the depth and range of creativity that continues to pour out of the countries in Africa and the Caribbean. It is undeniable. Can music help us empathize with its makers?

“For me, Trump is not the issue. We know and have known for a long time that he is racist. That is a fact, borne out by plenty of evidence. It’s not news—we know what he is.

“What is truly disturbing is the Republicans who go along with this person. Their behavior makes them complicit and the same as he is…exactly the same, no difference. Remember that come voting time.

“The swells in Davos too—who are happy to get rich off Trump’s policies and are more than fine supporting a racist. None of them has risen to condemn his racism and to say that this man does not represent our values as human beings.

 Got that off my chest, now maybe I can listen to some music.


David Byrne

You can listen to the playlist on Byrne’s official website that features tracks from Haitian artists like Los Van Van, WizKid and Amadou & Mariam.

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