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….the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta has made the call for less emphases to be made on race as all races are equal.
The President made the call on Wednesday in an interview with the Atlantic Council where he referenced Kenya’s experiences as a model for U.S. as she seeks to rise above race and achieve equality among all individuals.
Kenyatta said, “You are familiar with the scenario Kenya saw itself in in 2007 as a result of the ethnic clashes that we had. We can’t afford to have anybody feeling that they have been left out or left behind. So, ours is just to encourage all out partners across the globe. We have seen the problems when communities clash with each other. We have seen what it costs. We need one another.”
His stance became necessary in the face of continued global protests advocating eradication of racial discrimination.
The protests were erupted in the U.S. by the violence of Minneapolis police officer which resulted in the death of an unarmed black man during arrest.
Black American, George Floyd died from suffocation after a law enforcement agent knelt on his neck for about 8 minutes as he made to restrain him after arrest.
Security footage and onlooker’s mobile phone recorded the incident showing the 46-year-old black man moaning, “Please, I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me” as the police officer pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck.
Widespread protests sparked in the city and beyond from Tuesday after the video went viral on new media. Demonstrations metamorphosed into violent protest as police quickly intervened.
In his address on Wednesday, President Kenyatta said his administration is already seeking ways of stamping out discrimination.
“We want to say that there is no community that is greater, superior or better than the other. We are all Kenyans and we must all be treated equally under the law and under the constitution. And that is the only thing I will tell our friends in America. Let’s do that. Let’s just make sure that the law is observed and the law is equal to all regardless of class, race, ethnicity. The law must apply equally. You can’t be heavy-handed on one segment against another,” he said.
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