Ghana’s Parliament Pays Tribute, Demand Justice And Calls For An End To Racism

Parliament of Ghana has condemned what it said was the systemic and continuous racism against black people in the United States of America (USA) in the wake of murder of George Floyd.

Adding its voice to the global condemnation, Parliament, following a statement on the floor by North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said the death of the 46-year old must mark the end of the centuries old racism that blacks have endured.

According to Mr Ablakwa who doubles as the Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, racial injustice is a global issue and affects all of us.

A clear message, he said must go forth that the black race has had enough.From slavery, colonialism, neo-economic exploitation to structural and institutional racism, we have simply had enough. Black lives matter! We must force all those knees off our necks!

The Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah also described the behaviour of Americans towards blacks as paradoxical especially when America is the lead figure in democracy .

Mr Kyei-Mensah noted that most of the words scribbled in Ghana’s constitution were borrowed from that of America.

The Minority Leader, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, on his part said the murder of the late Floyd must be a wake-up call.

He said the global condemnation of police should trigger a change in the use of minimum force because “eight minutes and 46 seconds on the neck of a suffocating person can’t be minimum force.”

Mr Iddrisu, who doubles as the MP for Tamale South said American constitution guarantees the rights and liberties of all citizens and non-citizens and that the leadership of the must uphold that tenet.

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