US Afro Americans are the Afro Americans of the United States. They are a sub-group of the African American group in that they are the African Americans whose ancestors were victimised in the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Genocide.
They are not recent immigrants. They were forced to come. They didn’t decide on their own volition to come. Since their arrival Afro Americans have faced the worst forms of discrimination.
This discrimination continues till this day in many ways. Enough of the history lesson.
The topic for today is about the high number of Afro Americans dying from Coronavirus. News channels like the BBC and CNN have of recent been asking why this is happening.
It is as if there is a particular lack of immunity in Afro Americans for the virus. I encourage the US Government to initiate emergency research to see why this is happening. Once the cause of these deaths is identified, the US Government should nip it in the bud.
Everyone, please stay safe.
Between 1959 and 1970, many US Afro Americans in Tennessee were evicted from their homes and blacklisted from buying things for daring to exercise their rights to vote.
These people moved to a camp called Tent City or Freedom Village. Read more about their courageous life here.
The famous US military academy, West Point now has an Afro American commander for the first time. See details
John Lewis, one of the big 6 partners of Martin Luther King who joined him to organise the 1963 civil rights march on Washington is dead. He died from complications arising from pancreatic cancer.
US leaders have continued to pour in tribute to Mr Lewis, who-together with others-inspired the movement with his courage.
An activist in the Black Lives Matter movement has revealed that police crimes against US Afro Americans has dropped drastically in cities that have strong BLM chapters.
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She also stated the tactic that seems to be working in the civil rights struggle. The BBC quotes her as saying;
…”However, what we are seeing is that in cities with strong Black Lives Matter chapters, the numbers have dropped dramatically, though this has been offset by increases elsewhere.”
Prof Abdullah says the gains have been achieved not by negotiating with police forces, which the organisation refuses to do, but by taking to the streets and making sure the police know they are being scrutinised.
She goes in to say that Black Lives Matter is campaigning for much more, including the defunding and dismantling of the current police system in the US and its replacement with a new form of law enforcement, something for which it has received considerable criticism.
Eternal vigilance remains