UK-think tank commemorates Luther King

Accra, Aug. 30, GNA - The Great Partnership, a UK-based think tank, has commemorated the 50th anniversary of the late US Civil Right Activist; Dr King (Jnr) I have a dream speech, which drew attention to racial discrimination against blacks.

The famous speech delivered on August 28 1963, called for a racism-free America through a non-violent approach.

A statement issued by Dr Koku Adomdza, President and Senior Fellow of the partnership comprising Great Trust Group, Council for Afrika International Group and Afrika Liberation Group in London and copied to Ghana News Agency in Accra, said: There is no doubt that some progress has been made as a result of the American and World Civil Rights Process.

Dr Adomdza said this include the historic election of President Barack Obama as the first ever African American President of the United States.

He however noted that for the majority of African Americans, indigenous Africans, Africa Caribbeans and other minority ethnic groups, racism are realities, and not an excuse.

Dr Adomdza referred to the controversial Treyvon Martin verdict in the United States, Oprah Winfrey shopping racism scandal in Switzerland, African Italian Minister of Integration Ms Cecile Kyenge racism row and a plethora of high profile football racism scandals.

He said the partnership is very clear about the divinity of racial equality and the sacredness of human life and consider any attacks on any human being as barbaric, primitive, uncivilised and satanic.

We have a global vision for a world free from the bile of poisonous supremacism, racism, anti-Africanism and Afrophobia. There is no justification for them. The world has enough problems without them. New approaches are required with the fierce urgency of time, he said.

He said supremacism and racism are not results of some kind of accident but carefully thought-out and executed ideologies which must be identified as such and obliterated.

Dr Adomdza quoted Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the iconic South African anti-Apartheid leaders and former president as saying: No one is born racists.

He said supremacism, racism, anti-Africanism and Afrophobia are brutal and barbaric phenomena responsible for mass murders, impoverishment and asphyxiation of fundamental human rights of swathes of peoples.

Dr Adomdza said the phenomena are defeatable the same way as apartheid was defeated in South Africa with the aid of an international coalition of forces for good.

The same international constituency of conscience (should) support our work of 21st Century alternative approaches to conclusively eradicate supremacism, racism, anti-Africanism and Afrophobia.


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Published: 2013-08-30 16:43:54
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