Even though Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has spoken out in support of feminism, criticizing superstar musician Beyonce’s version of it and most recently, she gave the perfect reply to a white man who said he refused to believe American President-elect Donald Trump was racist.
According to QZ.com, the two clashed over how Trump will govern as president, and what the endorsement of the right wing extremist group Ku Klux Klan meant for his presidency.
“I think what we should do is look at Trump for who Trump has told us and shown us that he is,” Adichie said. “So let’s look at what he has said on the campaign trail. The only way we can judge the kind of president he will be is based on the campaign that he ran,” She also added.
Refuting Adichie’s opinion, Tyrrell dismissed the endorsement of the KKK, saying, “I can’t imagine anybody more marginal to American election than the KKK.” The magazine editor also refused to acknowledge that Trump was racist, dismissing Republican House speaker Paul Ryan’s description of Trump’s remarks as “textbook racism.”
Adichie wasn’t about to let that go. She responded: “If you’re a white man, you don’t get to define what racism is. … You don’t get to sit there and say that he hasn’t been racist when objectively he has. And it’s not about your opinion. There are objective things, racism is an objective reality, and Donald Trump has inhabited that reality.”
Apparently, this interview wasn’t the first time Adichie has spoken about the 2016 US elections. In June, she published a short story called The Arrangements, in which she took readers into the intimate lives of the Trump family through the eyes of the future first lady, Melania Trump. Adichie was also one of four writers who penned thank-you notes in the New York Times to first lady Michelle Obama.