So, we condemned China last month for the video beating of black people on the streets of Guangzhou, and this month we must condemn the United States for the wanton murders of black people, the latest one on video being the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We declare that Afrocentricity International in its quest for African unity stands with those courageous people who defy any racial or cultural attacks on Africans anywhere.
The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are visceral in our collective consciousness. All three murders were completely unnecessary and vividly demonstrate that all men are not created equal under American Law and the American Constitution. The 13th Amendment drafted in 1865, which was supposed to abolish slavery clearly created a loophole for continued slavery through incarceration summarily reads: “slavery shall not exist in the United States…except as punishment for a crime whereof the party has been duly convicted”. The vistages of the 13th Amendment have fueled the growth and development of a criminal justice system where blacks are incarcerated at five times (5x) the rate of whites, and is a direct product of police brutality against blacks. The recent murders and the inability of the criminal justice system to respond in an equitable way has led to protests and/or riots in all 50 states.
Our hearts go out to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the entire Black community that deals with these injustices daily in their own lives.
For three years Americans have been waiting to hear from past President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. Don’t get the wrong impression that in the last three years that Barack and Michelle have not been working. During the week of April 17th, 2020, President Obama gave two powerful commencement speeches, one to HBCU’s graduates. The other to High School graduates, carried on many different television stations, and media networks - on how he thought President Trump was handling the coronavirus pandemic.