The killing of African American George Floyd continues to receive condemnation from African governments and citizens, with some describing the killing of an unarmed black man as an unjust murder.
Floyd’s death occurred on 25th May, which marks African Union Day. It led to protests and vigils in some African countries and re-emphasised police brutalities on African immigrants and the need to eschew racism.
Church leaders throughout the world have also condemned the death and spoken out against racism.
‘We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism,’ Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a tweet. He pledged to immortalise Floyd’s memory by permanently mounting his name at the Diaspora African Forum and the W. E. B. Du Bois Centre for Pan-African Culture in Accra.
‘Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a police officer in the United States of America,’ he added. This action, the president noted, ‘carried with it an all too painful familiarity and an ugly reminder’.
Picture: A man sits under a mural depicting American George Floyd in Nairobi, Kenya, on 4th June 2020. (CNS photo/Baz Ratner, Reuters).