David West to Donald Trump: read a book.
The Warriors power forward chose to enlighten Trump after the president questioned why we should allow immigrants from “shithole countries” in the Caribbean and Africa to come to the U.S. during a White House meeting Thursday.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” a frustrated Trump said.
West decided to give Trump a history lesson and explain the reasoning behind some of these “shithole” nations’ struggles, alluding to the fact it has historically been the world’s superpowers that has directly or inadvertently caused harm to them.
West posted an excerpt from 16th-century Spanish historian Bartolomé de las Casas’ account “A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies” to Twitter with the caption, “How they became ‘Shit Holes’…”
In his account, Las Casas writes how Spanish colonization helped lead to the demise of the South American colonies they ruled. The 16th-century historian describes in detail how the Spaniards’ would torture, murder and mutilate the Natives.
The excerpts West shared details how Las Casas viewed the indigenous people as innocent and “devoid of wickedness.” However, Las Casas goes on to say the atrocities committed by the Spaniards ultimately led to the Native’s downfall.
“Yet into this sheepfold, into this land of meek outcasts there came some Spaniards who immediately behaved like ravening wild beasts, wolves, tigers, or lions that had been starved for many days…for they are still acting like ravening beasts, killing, terrorizing, afflicting, torturing, and destroying the native peoples, doing all this with the strangest and most varied new methods of cruelty, never seen or heard of before, and to such a degree that this Island of Hispaniola once so populous (having a population that I estimated to be more than three million), has now a population of barely two hundred persons.”
West’s teammate Andre Iguodala shared West’s tweet and wrote, “Preach.”
Rays pitcher Chris Archer replied to West’s tweet with “Truth.”
West has been critical of Trump in the past, saying he doesn’t agree with the president’s actions as well as his comments about women, minorities, immigration and other issues.
“It is kind of unnerving and unsettling to think about some of the things that he has said and hasn’t apologized for,” West said in November 2016 after Trump won the election.
The Warriors as a team have a fractured relationship with Trump, stemming from critical comments made by West, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Steve Kerr, respectively, regarding the administration. The Warriors’ criticisms led to Trump rescinding the team’s White House invitation after it became apparent the Warriors wouldn’t attend.