Ghana joins America to mourn George Floyd in a wreath-laying ceremony
Government has organised a memorial and wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the 46 year black American who was pinched to death by a white police officer on the streets of Minneapolis in Minnesota at the United States of America(USA) on May 25.
The ceremony was done by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority, Office of Diaspora Affairs and the Diaspora African Forum at the W E B Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture in Accra on Friday.
Speaking at the ceremony, the sector minister, Barbra Oteng-Gyasi expressed shock that such gruesome deeds still persisted in USA at an era of democracy and civilisation.
She was optimistic that the death of Mr Floyd would inspire authorities across the globe to put an end to racism.
Ms Oteng-Gyasi noted that racism continue to be a deadly pandemic for which more than 400 years now, people in the USA have yearned for a cure, adding that George Floyd was not the first black person to use the phrase “I can’t breathe.”
In order for justice to be served, Ms Oteng-Gyasi stressed the need for all the perpetrators who had hand in the death of the unarmed black man to be dealt with to serve as deterrent to others.
“The present situation we face today in the year 2020 with the death of George Floyd is going to result in change. One who condones evil is just as evil as the one who perpetrates it. That is why it is right not only for Chauvin to be charged but all his accomplices who, together, killed George Floyd,” she added.
Ms Oteng-Gyasi assured the black race that that the death of George Floyd would not be in vain and promised to collaboratively work with the blacks and other authorities to change the status quo.
Racism, she emphasised should end right now, saying we pray and hope that the death of George Floyd would bring an end to prejudice and racial discrimination across the world.
Ms Oteng-Gyasi expressed Ghana’s preparedness to welcome every African in the diaspora who was ready to return to the continent away from the racial abuse they suffered for about 400 years.
“We continue to open our arms and invite all our brothers and sisters home. Ghana is your home. Africa is your home. We have our arms wide open ready to welcome you home. Please take advantage, come home build a life in Ghana, you do not have to stay where you are not wanted forever, you have a choice and Africa is waiting for you,” he added.
The death of George Floyd, who told the white cop he could not breathe while he knelt on his neck, had sparked protests across the US for the past 10 days.
David Chauvin, the white cop who took away the life of George Floyd was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The other three officers including J Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao who did not intervene and also held Floyd down when their colleague had his knee on his neck, have also been arrested and charged with aiding and abetting murder.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE