Situation of Systemic Racism in U.S. – The Africa Centre Ireland Call on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on George Floyd’s Killing

Situation of Systemic Racism in U.S. – The Africa Centre Ireland Call on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on George Floyd’s Killing

Africa Solidarity Centre Ireland Statement on George Floyd Assassination
With a lack of empathy, the entire world witnessed and watched the horrific and heartbreaking
pleads: “Please, I can’t breathe”, George Floyd pleaded, face on the ground, his hands cuffed behind
his back, held by two policemen, while a third policeman knelt directly on his neck, without moving
for almost eight to nine minutes. Captured on video by witnesses the policeman was untouched
despite many cries for help. When the police officer finally removed his knee, George was not
breathing was taken to the hospital, and to be later pronounced dead …

In light of what has happened to George Floyd, and many unnamed here, as African Diaspora and
People of African Descent living here in Ireland and across the globe we shall not remain silent and
continue to witness this systemic and structural racism against African people wherever they may
be. We are deeply concerned about the escalation of the police brutality globally and the use of
excessive and uncalled for measures against peaceful protests like the use of rubber bullets, tear
gas, pepper spray and in some cases live ammunition. These are in violation of international
standards on the use of force and dealing with mass assemblies stated in the recent U.N. Guidance
on Less Lethal Weapons.

Furthermore, the world is facing a great concern that President Trump has chosen to weaponise the
tensions through his rhetoric, evidenced by his promise to seize authority from Governors who fail
to take the most extreme tactics against protestors and to deploy federal armed forces against
protestors (an action legally questionable), rather than using his position to serve as a force for calm
and unity.
As a wise Pan-Africanist stated: “The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the
superimposed influences that keep us apart.” Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana
The Africa Centre Ireland and it’s members, therefore, firmly condemns the killing of George Floyd
and call on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to:
i. support and urge members of the U.N. Human Rights Council to mandate an independent
inquiry into George Floyd death
ii. conduct an inquiry in the recent history of racist policing in cities across the U.S that
continues with impunity from the killing of Michael Brown as to the repression of protesters
in Ferguson, Missouri, including the murder of George Floyd
iii. investigate the allegations of the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters and
journalists in the demonstrations in U.S. cities since the murder of George Floyd.

We remind the Taoiseach of this statement that: “A civilisation that proves incapable of solving the problems it creates is a decadent civilisation … A civilisation that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilisation … A civilisation that uses its principles for trickery and deceit is a dying civilisation.” – Aimé Césaire
Therefore, we reiterate our call on the Taoiseach and the EU members’ states to stand up against the systemic and structural growing racism here in Ireland, Europe and across the globe. Finally, as he described it: “racism is as a virus transmitted at an early age, perpetuated by
prejudice, sustained by systems often unrecognised by those whom it infects, possible to
counteract and correct for, but never easy to cure” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must stop defending the controversial direct provision system as it
perpetrates the prejudices, discrimination and segregation of asylum seekers which transforms
those human capitals into vulnerable people of our society.
“Blacks’ Lives Matter” so, please “End direct provision system – End the structural racism in
For further information, please contact Lassane Ouedraogo, Chairperson, Africa Centre Ireland –
Mob: 0833903848 Email:

The Africa Centre Ireland, invite you to sign George Floyd’s book of condolence by Dublin city council

Here is the link:

1 Comment

  1. Odoba Quabena - June 5, 2020 Reply

    Racism is more rampant in Ireland than anyone could imagine. Both the Irish and immigrants from other parts of Europe are too ignorant about people of African decent, and prejudice is their hallmarks.

    I have personally experienced far too much “voluntary and involuntary discrimination and racism” in college, in assessing public services, at workplaces, on public transports, in communities, at airports, in the judiciary, and even in churches, to mention a few.

    It is DISGRACEFUL, for a 21st century civilised country like Ireland, to continue judging and giving attention to individuals based on the colour of their skin and not their abilities and behaviours.

    I can forgive the ignorants who have never traveled outside their counties, but it is very shameful for the so called educated citizens and residents to be racists

    Enough is enough. Keeping quiet would NOT change anything but rather make the situation worse. We have to escalate every single incident to shame the perpetrators

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