General News Sat, 6 Jun 2020

It’s not our fault that we were born black - Dr. Lawrence Tetteh condemns racism

Ghana’s renowned preacher, Reverend Dr. Lawrence Tetteh has publicly condemned acts of racism and charged all persons to get on board in the fight against violence on blacks in America and other parts of the world.

Following the death of George Perry Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who was killed by white police officers in Minneapolis in the United States, several protests have sprung out all to demand justice for his killing.

Speaking to GhanaWeb at the memorial ceremony held in honour of George Floyd by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, Office of the Diaspora Affairs and the Diaspora African Forum at the Dubois Centre in Accra on Friday, June 5, 2020, the founder of Worldwide Miracle Outreach, Dr. Lawrence Tetteh declared the need for a massive united front in the fight against racism.

"In fighting racism, we need a massive united front. We must come together from all races, from all walks, levels…to fight racism. This is a fight against blacks, this is hate for black people and it is not scriptural, it is not biblical,” he said.

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, there have been several protests in America and around the world all in a bid to once and for all end, the injustices meted out to blacks. Demonstrators have registered their displeasure thorough peaceful walks, however, some protests have been characterized by violence.

“The demonstrations around the nations of the world is a wake-up call. I will not recommend that we should also go and kill somebody to make a statement, the disapproval alone, tensions around the nations and even this programme we are holding here today is a big statement to people who don’t respect our race to know that we are not sleeping anymore. Going to kill somebody in return for what they’ve done is not the solution,” Dr. Lawrence Tetteh advised.

Ghana in the year 2019 organised the Year of Return which sought to encourage African diasporans to come to Africa to settle and invest in the continent. The initiative attracted thousands of foreign visitors into the country and have earned the nation the title, "Home to all Africans".

The Head of Mission of the Diaspora Africa Forum, Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett who was present at the ceremony said that “Ghana has taken the leadership role of honouring and doing this official memorial service for George Perry Floyd…regardless of where you come from if you are a black person you are an African and that is the message we want people to understand. Ghana is the most Pan-Africanist country on the continent, the continent looks to Ghana to lead this process”.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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