Ghanaians and some Africans have condemned Democrats in the US Congress for wearing the kente cloth while they knelt in silence to pay tribute to George Floyd.
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, led the group of Congress Members to kneel in the Congress’ Emancipation Hall – named in honour of the slaves who helped erect the US Capitol in the 18th century.
They knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds to mark the length of time a white police officer pinned his knee on the neck of George Floyd whose death unleashed mass protests against racial injustice.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, after Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.
While this looks like a very good thing to do, some Ghanaians are not happy that the Congress Members wore kente for the act.
According to those against this move, the US Congress Members wore kente for the act to score political points. Most of them are of the view that the use of the kente cloth by the Congress Members is a “meaningless symbolism”
However, not every Ghanaian was angry that the Congress Members used the kente cloth. Some people felt proud that something associated to Ghana was used while honouring the death of George Floyd.
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