On the assassination of George Floyd and related matters: letter to the United States ambassador
His Excellency Ambassador Carl Paschall,
I have just finished reading the text of your message on the death of George Floyd and I must say that I am not the least bit impressed. However, am I surprised? No. You have just delivered an empty message, very empty and dry, devoid of remorse and without the ambition necessary to correct more than 200 years of injustice and outright brutality towards people of color in your country, the United States of America.
One thing was quite clear in his statement: it seems that he shares the coldness of his president Donald Trump. Rather than showing us a sense of resolve to turn upside down the racist machinery that is unleashing terror in the likes of George Floyd, his highly condescending message rather conveys a sense of self-righteousness by showing his country’s values of allowing people to protest. What about ending the structural racism that creates the need for these protests? Where in the world are protests an end in themselves?
Your Excellency, inequality and injustice in your country have deep roots and, therefore, this problem should not be minimized as you tried to do in your very superficial statement; Nor should we allow this critical reckoning moment that ushered in George Floyd’s death to be trivialized by misleading statements like his and the abominations of his delusional President Donald Trump on Twitter.
As I told you in a previous epistle to this one: “It falls within the period of your reign that the sons and daughters of the multitude solemnly assembled at the National Monument on that fateful day in 1963, when MLK delivered that historic speech, be ready and bold to demand that their federal reserves of justice honor that promissory note and no force on earth can stop this movement. “
The lawsuits brought by the hundreds of thousands of protesters in America refer to the sacred promise written by their founding fathers through the blessed hand of Thomas Jefferson “We hold that these truths are self-evident, that all men are created equal “. This is the promise that the United States has broken, and your government must respond to the demands of the day for you to fulfill this promise.
That search cannot be fulfilled with trivial statements from his senior officials misleading with distracting statements like this one he made in his statement: “We all must, as individuals, and as people united in our determination, act in our daily lives to set in motion a world that achieves true equality and justice. “
Ambassador, the structural racism that is the catalyst for the murder of innocent people like George Floyd was not created by individuals; it was deliberately planned and institutionalized by governments like yours; so we do not need any pontification on our individual roles and responsibilities as citizens of the world. What we want to hear is what steps your government is going to take to eliminate this cancerous tumor from the American system once and for all.
I was lucky enough to have visited one of the best artists the Gambia can boast of last night, and found out that he had just finished a painting depicting the murder of George Floyd and his resulting reaction. This painting clearly takes us back to the slave ships that brought George Floyd’s ancestors to their soil and the consequent movements that have progressively pushed his racist nation to make amends for its sins.
From this brilliant work of art, the lesson is clear: that the knees of the police officer who crushed George Floyd’s neck are but a duplicate of the same chains that his ancestors hung around Kunta Kinteh’s neck and many more Africans to send them to their plantations. It is a work of art worth studying and I recommend you visit Njogou Touray’s studio.
In the meantime, I present to you some verses of encouragement written for my brothers and sisters under the yoke of Donald Trump in their country. I would be grateful if you would kindly send him to the United States, as he is the official representative of all Americans in my country. I wish you a good read at the end of this epistle and I look forward to your understanding and cooperation:
Unleash your inner Kunta Kinteh
Nurture it; that spirit must never decay
The blood and vibe of the great Kunta Kinteh
True yesterday, ST’s words are still vital today
The cut of his toe never kept him under its control
The spirit rose defiantly; continues to be so to this day
No one could stop Alex Haley’s reverse journey
The mind rules supreme over all matters surely
That is the message of the great Bob Marley
“We have something they could never take away from us”
That fire that burns everything is the spirit of Kunta Kinteh
It lies there, deep down, in every sensitive black soul
It never dwindles, it goes on forever, it never gets old
Like the mighty bowels of the Nymabeni Hills volcano
Wait for the moment of fermentation to explode.
We must unleash our inner Kunta Kinteh
The final revolution for our total redemption.