PAC Condemns Extra-Judicial Murders of Afrikans in America

edited July 2016 in News and Opinion

PAC Condemns Extra-Judicial Murders of Afrikans in America

To: All Members of the Global Afrikan Nation
Supporters of Black Lives Matter

On behalf of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, who were brutally murdered by the police in America. The killings of these young men raises some fundamental questions about the human rights and dignity of people of Afrikan ancestry. It has become evidently clear that even in the 21st century, the rights of people of Afrikan ancestry continue to be trampled upon, taken for granted and disrespected.

It is time that the Global Afrikan Nation spoke with one voice and denounce this brutality against our people. The voice that speaks to this brutality has to be addressed not just to the United States of America but also to the United Kingdom and some parts of Europe, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and some Arab led countries, where our people continue to be victimised and slaughtered by the police and other government agencies.

The PAC commends, stands alongside with and pledges support to the Black Lives Matter movement, in their quest not just to highlight the plight of our people but also the fight for the reclamation of their dignity. The fight against the brutality visited upon people of Afrikan ancestry will only be won when each and every one of us begins to play their part regardless of where in the world they may be. Any time that a member of the Global Afrikan Nation is brutalised, it is an injury to all and all of us have an obligation and a responsibility to rise up, as one, against such brutality.

Enough is enough, efforts have to be made to ensure that Afrikans are treated with respect globally. As we push to impress upon the world that our lives matter it is important that they matter to us, as members of the Global Afrikan Nation as well. We have an obligation to prioritise our issues.

Regardless of Afrikan countries being represented in the United Nations and the African Union claiming to recognise and uphold the interests of Afrikans in the Diaspora, they are loudly silent on the execution of people of Afrikan ancestry in the USA, the UK and some parts of Europe, especially. It is amazing how some of our so-called continental leaders rise up in condemnation when Europeans get killed or kill each other, yet remain mum as though they have no tongue when they have to protect the interests of their own.

According to some newspaper reports more than 300 people of Afrikan ancestry were killed by the police, across America, in 2015. Of the more than 300 stated as killed, no less than 102 were unarmed and mostly males. This number only speaks to those identified and reported cases, there is a real possibility that the actual number could be higher but currently conservative due to underreporting. Regardless of the possible underreporting, some reports go on further to state that 2015, in as far as the murder of our people by US police is concerned, the number is even higher than the lynchings that took place in the worst year of jim crow.

It is noteworthy that people of Afrikan ancestry, in the USA, only represent about 13% of the US population yet they represent approximately 37% of unarmed people killed by police in 2015 alone. In many circles, the USA is considered the number one country in as far as democracy is concerned. 40 years after Malcom X highlighted it, in spite of there being an Afrikan American president, the situation has not changed; namely that for Afrikans in America, there is no democracy, just hypocrisy.

If justice is one of the cornerstones of democracy, how can it be that there is no accountability on the part of the American Criminal Justice or “just this” system. Of the 102 cases of the extra-judicial murders of our people in 2015, only 10 of these cases resulted in the murderous police officers being charged with a crime, meaning that more than 90% of the police officers involved in the annihilation of our people were never charged with a crime. Of the 10 charges, only 2 resulted in successful convictions and only 1 of these 2 convictions, as at May 2016, in the case of Matthew Ajibade, received jail time. To even applaud this as a success is an insult to our people, dead and alive, as the officer concerned was only sentenced to 1 year in jail and allowed to serve this time exclusively on weekends.

To each and every member of the Global Afrikan Family, I call upon you, within your own areas and spheres of influence, to rise up and support local and international initiatives aimed at raising awareness and support to Black Lives Matter.
The creation of the PAC was not and shall not be merely confined to the freeing of Azania but the freeing of Afrika as a whole and definitely the freedom of the Global Afrikan Nation. In light of its commitment to the upliftment of the Global Afrikan Nation, the PAC will take the cause of Black Lives Matter, and indeed Afrikan people in general, up in the Parliament of South Africa. We shall call upon the ANC government not only to proclaim unreserved commitment to the Global Afrikan Nation but also to revisit its relations with the USA, the UK and other such aggressor nations, till there is clear commitment to the protection and respect of our people’s rights and a clear resolve that BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Izwe Lethu

Luthando Mbinda (President – Pan Africanist Congress of Azania)

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