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Courtesy of social media, most people across the globe were able to witness the gruesome murder of yet, another African American man, George Floyd, by a white police officer for an inconsequential crime of allegedly buying merchandise with a counterfeit $20 bill last week. Most readers in the last few decades I assume, have observed similar incidents of Police brutality on Black Americans either on the news or social media which ultimately led to the famous international activist movement, Black Lives Matter in July 2013. In the past week, internet users who saw the six minutes video of a police officer pressing his knee into Mr. Floyd's neck as he lay pinned on the ground in handcuffs have poured out their heartfelt messages expressing anger and sharing their thoughts on social media, mostly condemning the police officer and how the United States of America has failed the African American Community. What caught my attention was a post from a fellow Ghanaian who argued why Ghanaians should be bothered with the death of an American 

when we have similar issues of our own in this country nobody talks about. "If Ghanaians had expressed interest in Tadi girls the same way they are concerned with Floyd, I'm sure those girls would've been found and rescued" he posted. I honestly found the comment intriguing and ignorant at the same time. Yes! I found it interesting to see people who barely shared the images of the missing girls on their various media platforms but was quick to post the murder video of Floyd multiple times on their social media timelines. I however felt the ignorance in the comment for failing to appreciate why the African American's death is bigger than the Tadi girls. I know what you are thinking and before you curse or vilify me just hear me out. Of course, who cares about the death of one person in America when armed robbery, ritual killings, and other premeditated murders claim dozens of lives in Ghana each year? Well, every single human life matters regardless. Needless to say, people still get killed for various selfish reasons and that has always been 

 racial justice on a foundation of economic injustice. That is as true in Minneapolis as it is in Mombasa. Malawi, for example, is one of the poorest countries in the world. My charity, the Lady Fatemah Trust, is active on the ground there, so I know the suffering of its residents acutely. Over half of its inhabitants live below the poverty line, and one in three people do not have access to clean water. Can we really say that Malawian lives matter when 50% of them don’t have access to a decent toilet? This is to say nothing of the modern invisible slavery that still exists in Africa. The continent now has the highest rate of contemporary slavery in the world, with reports that it still exists on an institutional - and even governmental - level. G ove r n m e n t a l complicity in the injustices imposed on black Africans is an unfortunate recurring theme. Some black governments, many of which are not fully democratic, are often seen as fronts for white power, holding populations in bondage through Third World debt negotiated at 

Africa Is Enslaved In Debt

Black Lives Should All Matter, Whether In Minneapolis Or Mombasa

Away from the cameras that are understandably focussed on the US, Black Lives Matter protests have spread across the world, including to Africa, where not only protestors have made their voice heard on the issue but heads of state, too. Rather than seeing them as simply UScentric protests for those who, like Africans themselves, have heritage from the continent, we should remember that the struggle for racial equality has by no means ended in Africa. While Africa has survived slavery and colonialism, for its people to be truly free, it must now overcome the economic slavery from which it suffers. Black lives must matter throughout the world, not only in its largest economy. Providing a global platform to Americans of African heritage, without including Africans themselves in the conversation, would be a painful example of First World privilege and would fail Africans. There are 42 million African-Americans in the world, but 1.2 billion Africans, the majority of whom are, on a global basis, the victims of severe disadvantage. It is impossible to create 

By Mukhtar Karim

Why Africans Must Support The Campaign Against Racism In The US

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part of all societies. So why is Floyd's any different? Murders occur everywhere. Africans kill Africans, whites kill whites, Asians kill Asians Indians do the same but when a particular murder is openly committed with the impunity to demonstrate racial hatred, you do not need to be a relative of the victim or be an American to show concern. I believe that is a direct assault on the blackness and personality of all black people. What do you think would happen if a Ghanaian of European descent was openly strangled to death on camera by our police officers? When the most influential global superpower that supposedly champions its self with human rights and freedom, systematically and blatantly oppress members of your race simply because of the color of their skin, you should be terrified regardless of your nationality and geographical location! We are upset because of the motive behind his murder, which is perennial racism! The public outcry is not about death per se. People die every day. It is about the fact that your race and mine, the 

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