On Monday, May 25, 2020, video footage of the killing of George Floyd, by four police officer in Minneapolis, circulated every news and media platform. The video sparked outrage in cities across the country and the world. From Long Beach in California to Berlin in Germany; From Lagos in Nigeria to New York City, from Nairobi Kenya, to Melbourne in Australia, thousands of people have marched on the streets to protest the killing of Floyd, and the underlying history of systemic racial injustice meted on black people in America.
It is sad that America, a country that prides itself as a developed country with military might and an enviable economy is still underdeveloped and weak on racial justice. 401 years after the arrival of the first slaves on the American shores, 155 years after they were emancipated, black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than are white people. Do you think it is a coincidence that black Americans are 3.5 times more likely to die of Covid-19 than white Americans?
People are simply tired; we are all tired of the systemic knee that continues to suffocate the potential of the black man in America. Over the past two weeks, it has been heart warming to see Kenyans in America join thousands of protesters in saying ENOUGH!
A Facebook post by Washington-based Ali Badawy sums up the need for Kenyans, heck Africans to get involved not just in protests, but in demanding a better, just, and fair America:
“(W)e first need to use these protests as a place to establish connections with different people. Find out what local grassroots organizations are upto and try to figure out where you fit in. Connect the dots to your passive family and friends who feel this is not their battle. Remind them that their presence here is a result of similar protests that happened in the 1960s and inspired Laws like the Immigration and Naturalization Act where the modern day Green Card came from. Immigration laws previously banned certain groups and openly prioritized immigrants from Northern and Western Europe. Kindly request them to stop being selfish. To make this effective, brainstorm and follow up on expectations with peers. Try to figure how you can best offer your time, skill and effort to achieve outcomes that will benefit Black people and humanity overall.”
These are photos of Kenyans protesting in solidarity with Black Lives Matter anthem.