Mixed reactions have met a memorial ceremony that was held in Accra in honour of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American who died on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis after a white police officer, knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.
There have been numerous protests in major cities of the United States of America and other parts of the world, following the death of Floyd.
George Floyd’s memorial ceremony in Ghana was organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the Ghana Tourism Authority, Office Of Diaspora Affairs and The Diaspora African Forum on Friday, June 5, 2020, at the W .E. B. DuBois Centre in Accra.
The memorial ceremony also sought to state Ghana’s stand against racism and injustice.
While some Ghanaians commended the stakeholders for organising the memorial ceremony, others criticised them for organising “an unnecessary” ceremony.
Those in favour of the ceremony argued that it gave African-Americans in Ghana the opportunity to show their support for their compatriots in the US who are suffering racial abuse. They also indicated that the main stakeholder behind the organisation of the ceremony is The Diaspora African Forum and not the government of Ghana.
Those who were against the ceremony, however, described government officials as “hypocrites”. According to them, the government always takes up initiatives that will get them international praise.
They argued that the government ignores pertinent issues that happen in the country and shows no interest in them. They also condemned the government for how it handled issues such as the murder of Ahmed Sule and the missing Takoradi girls.
Here are some of the reactions were gathered:
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