John Mahama Reacts to the Murder of George Floyd

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The former President of the Republic of Ghana and the flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress John Dramani Mahama has reacted to the murder of George Floyd in the United States of America.

George Floyd is an African-American man from Minnesota who died on 25th May, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes.

In a Facebook post, John Dramani Mahama said the murder of George Floyd is just one of the series of such murders but this one spark moral outrage because it has documented on film and through social media.


“Recent events in America have brightened the moral spotlight on the systemic prejudice and danger that Black people there experience solely because of the colour of their skin.

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The killing of George Floyd is the latest in a centuries-long series of moral outrages that are now more visible because they are being documented on film and through social media.

I condemn these injustices, in all their many forms.

Moments such as this call for solidarity. The systemic prejudices and injustices faced by Black people in America is based on racism – it makes no distinction on the basis of migration history, national origin, social class or educational attainment. They are concerned, solely, with the color of your skin.

That is because the issue at hand is not “respectability”, it is racism.

We must understand that the threats and dangers are as real for Ghanaians and other Africans in America as they are for African Americans. We cannot look away, and we cannot be silent.

This new awakening also applies to unwarranted use of violence against civilians here at home (Ghana); and to our own prejudicial treatment of some Ghanaians and the socially disadvantaged.”

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