As a majority black nation, the PNP will continue to fight to protect the rights of everyone regardless of race, colour, religion, language, or creed.
PNP president Dr Peter Phillips said Jamaicans and African Americans have shared a long and often difficult history as peoples who have been forged in the crucible of slavery.
“For a long time we have been joined together in the struggle against slavery and its effects, racism, and the denigration of people of colour. We recall the works and words of people like Marcus Garvey and Claude McKay, Jamaicans who made their life in America, and who struggled against the effects of racism. When we see African Americans fighting against the continued effects of racism today, we count their struggle as our struggle and we offer them our solidarity and support,” Dr Phillips said in a statement.
He added that for too long the injustice against people of colour has been supported by systemic racism that robs too many of basic human decency, opportunities to advance and even their incontrovertible right to life.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of the PNP, Julian Robinson said the Party stands in solidarity with the increasing mass of peaceful protesters around the world, but especially those in cities throughout the United States proclaiming that “Black Lives Matter,” in support of the movement to end racial discrimination. He said it is disheartening that the many years of struggles and efforts of leaders like Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr and others, it is evident that much more is required to fix the entrenched levels of the racial divide in America.
Mr. Robinson said many Jamaicans have made the United States their home, and it is apparent from some of the images on television and posts in social media that many of them have joined the protesters in the various cities in expressing their disapproval of the continuing racial discrimination and excessive use of force towards members of the black community by law enforcement. He said while the Party stands in solidarity with the protesters in general, it does not condone the violence and destruction of properties, which have characterised some of the protests.
He said, there is systemic discrimination all over the world, but until all manifestations of injustices and discrimination is resolved, there would be other episodes of the repulsive image of the killing of Mr. Floyd in the streets of Minnesota.
Our own musical icon, Bob Marley, through the words of the Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie, had predicted many years ago that there will be no peace for humanity “Until the philosophy which holds one race superior, and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned”.
The PNP General Secretary extends condolences on behalf of the Party and Jamaican people to Mr. Floyd’s family and friends.
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