US Embassy Should Give Us The Benefit Of The Doubt

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Would someone please remind the government of the United States that the days when we are considered as animals and not fit to think and use our brains for anything good is long over.

In 2000, the State of Florida became the decider in the election between former President George Walker Bush and former Vice-President Al Gore.

The Supreme Court‘s verdict was what declared Bush the winner of that elections. No blood was shed, no country issued any red alert to its citizens to either leave the country or take precautionary measures, so why in God’s name do they think we are animals and not capable of managing our own affairs, the best way they did

Since the days of slavery, it has always been a matter of race. And it will always be. Race has defined America’s history and will continue to shape its future. Whites and African still lead separate lives, continually marked by tension and hostility.

The most arresting characteristic the Europeans noticed when they first came in contact with the African was his color. Their description of Negroes started from his complexion then to his dress, and then his manners.

John Hawkins in 1564 during his voyage to the coast of Guinea and the Indies of Nova Hispania described Africans as “These people are all black, and are all called Negros, without any apparel, saving before their privities.”

In the color symbolism, white and black connotes different things. White means purity, virginity, virtue, beauty, beneficence, and God. The concept of blackness is its direct opposite of whiteness: filthiness, sin, baseness, ugliness, evil, and devil.

In 2013, blackness still means an apology, harassment, profiling, torture, and of course death. There is pervasive racial inequality between the whites and the black..

Once again, White America was forced to confront its original sin – racism – with the recent statement to their citizens in Ghana, as the whole world, Africa and especially Ghanaians anxiously wait for the August 29, ruling by the Supreme Court in the election petition.

The U.S Embassy in Ghana has warned its citizens of a possible outbreak of violence after the Supreme Court pronounces judgment on the election petition on August 29.

According to the Embassy, there is potential increase in political tensions and the possibility of isolated violence associated with the anticipated announcement of the Ghanaian Supreme Court’s decision on the legal challenge to Ghana’s election results.

A release issued by the Embassy Monday, August 19, 2013, advised U.S nationals to avoid the offices of political parties, Ghana’s Supreme Court, the buildings of other institutions associated with the elections, and all political rallies.

Read the full statement below:

U.S. Embassy Ghana advises U.S. citizens of a potential increase in political tensions and the possibility of isolated violence associated with the anticipated August 29 announcement of the Ghanaian Supreme Court’s decision on the legal challenge to Ghana’s election results.

U.S. citizens in Ghana are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security/safety awareness during this politically-sensitive period. U.S. citizens in Ghana should avoid the offices of political parties, Ghana’s Supreme Court, the buildings of other institutions associated with the elections, and all political rallies.

We recommend that U.S. citizens in Ghana monitor the local news and avoid all demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful may suddenly turn violent.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Ghana web site. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings
Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter and on the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes, and the Google Play store, to have travel information at your fingertips.

If you don’t have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

If you are going to live in or travel to Ghana please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.

You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is located on No. 24, Fourth Circular Rd., Cantonments, Accra; mailing addresses: P.O. Box 194 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana. The Embassy telephone number is (233) 30-2741-000. The Embassy fax number is (233) 30-2741-389.

For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call (233) 30-2741-775 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

Source: US Embassy Ghana
It is disheartening and embarrassing to learn that till date Americans particularly political conservatives still harbor the prejudice that blacks are genetically inferior and are only good for violence.

It’s no wonder they still sees us as nameless, faceless characters, with no worth or value but a disposable product that could be dispensed with at any time, especially when it comes to politics.

A bit of history lesson will help remind these bigots that we have done it before and that despite the tension that only exist in our minds, we will scale this hurdle once again.

We were the first black African nation to gain true Independence from the British colonial rule, without the shedding of blood.

When our First President and founder, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared on the eve of our Independence that the Black Man was capable of managing his own affairs, he proved it through a lot of interventions to the chagrin of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

His resilience and tenacity, as well as passion for results, was what scared the CIA to connive with our own to overthrow Dr. Nkrumah in a senseless Coup d’état in 1966.

In seven years, Dr Nkrumah did what none of their Presidents could do, within that period and given the same resources.
His overthrow was bloodless, as was many of the Coup d’états that followed. We have seen and read about what happened in our neighboring countries, when Presidents and Heads of States were overthrown or when elections are held.

Ghana, since 1992, has held about six elections, without the attendants’ death and mayhem as pertains in other countries, so America should give us a break.

It is said that to be warn is to be for armed. It is not beyond America to try and destabilize this country, because Ghana has become an oil producing nation and they have an interest to protect. So divide them and loot. We saw what happened in Lbya with Brother Ghadafi, we are seeing it in Egypt. When will they learn that their interest must be human centered.

We are wide awake. God is on our side and we will prevail at the end of this entire hullabaloo.
Ghana is and has always been the beacon of hope for Africa.

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