January 12, 2018 Following yesterday’s comments from President Donald Trump referring to certain countries in Africa and the Caribbean as “shithole countries,” South Dakota Voices for Justice and South Dakota Voices for Peace call upon State Senator Neal Tapio, (R-Watertown, SD) and former South Dakota state director for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, to denounce President Trump’s statements as racist.
“On Tuesday, January 10, Senator Neal Tapio abruptly disrupted a group picture during Interfaith Day at the Capitol. After being asked to join the picture Senator Tapio shouted at those gathered that he ‘didn’t like being called a racist’, then proceeded to say that ‘interfaith dialogue and refugee resettlement is a war on Christianity…’ ” said Taneeza Islam, executive director for South Dakota Voices for Peace. “If Senator Tapio wants to change the public’s perception of his words and actions, denouncing President Trump’s comment denigrating immigration from African and Caribbean countries as less preferential than majority white countries, such as Norway, is an easy step to make that distinction clear.”
South Dakota Voices for Peace (501(c)(3)) and South Dakota Voices for Justice (501(c)(4)) mission is to empower South Dakotans with accurate information to fight Islamophobia and immigrant and refugee bigotry in order to nurture informed, inclusive, and civically engaged communities.