Call to China Government to urgently intervene and STOP mistreatment and racism attacks on Africans.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Call to China Government to urgently intervene and STOP mistreatment
and racism attacks on Africans.
Chicago, April 14, 2020: Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC); African
Diaspora – North/Central/South Americas and, African Immigrants globally, are
troubled by the reports of widespread acts of xenophobia and racist attacks being
committed against all black people across China. We appeal to the President of the
People’s Republic of China H.E. Xi Jinping to urgently intervene and use his
power to STOP the mistreatment and violent attacks against Africans living in
Guangzhou, Shanghai, and other parts of China. The Global community has seen
videos depicting African Women and Men being thrown out of their homes, forced to
sleep outside on streets, banned from entering the shopping malls and restaurants,
subject to mass testing, and arbitrary quarantines. Pregnant women are being denied
access to/or any form of hospitalization or medical treatment because of their African
The African Diaspora and friends of Africa, in the United States, have expressed their
utter displeasure and condemnations in strong terms regarding the mistreatment and
racist attacks against Africans living in China.
“Enough is enough,” said Olivier
Kamanzi, Chairman of AGCC and Chairman of African Diaspora Sixth Region
Association of Illinois. “An independent UN Investigation must be conducted
immediately along with African representation. I am disturbed by scenes of troubling
discrimination displayed in videos on Social Media, and can’t imagine that the Chinese
Government and its Citizens, amid the “COVID-19 Pandemic,” would tolerate
inhumane acts against any Africans living in China.
I call upon the African Union to investigate the behaviors of Chinese Companies
operating in Africa towards African workers. The Chinese Government appears to
ignore that there are millions of Chinese living in Africa, and China depends on the
African economy, and its natural resources more than Africa depends on China. There
must be equity in doing business between the two cultures. It’s time for Africans to
take back their motherland and to ensure that there are no more political, geographical
or economic re-colonization by China or any other superpower”, said Olivier Kamanzi,
Chairman of AGCC and Chairman of African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of
“We, African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of Illinois, condemn this despicable
action and demand that the Chinese Government and Leaders of Guangzhou
apologize to the victims and Governments of the African Nations impacted by this
deplorable action. Also, the Chinese Government must ensure that such irresponsible
behavior is not repeated to safeguard the future diplomatic relationship between Africa
and China for the era of the 21st Century”, said Dr. Samuel Enyia, Author and Retired
Professor of Communications and Director of the Broadcasting Program at Lewis
University, Illinois. Rev. Dr. Joseph Rhoiney, Global Media Influencer, Pres. Ministry
ONE and Member of African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of Illinois lamented
that “We are in a season of unprecedented times, ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’, in the history
of mankind, the likes of global proportions. Blatant and unscrupulous behaviors such as poignant racial bigotry are utterly appalling and dastardly demeaning on all ethnic
cultures. These acts of total insensitivity are an affront to humankind”
the very foundation of the DIVIDE AND CONQUER philosophy and start working
together to create our own businesses in our communities and learn to support other
black people. This is the only one way WE will build Africa WE WANT: One People,
One Voice, One Africa”, said Dr. Ana Vicky Castillo, Founder of Afro Latino Historical
Society and Vice-Chair of African Diaspora Sixth Region Association of Illinois.
knew about COVID-19 and did what it does best …suppressed the truth and those
who had spoken out about the outbreak. Now, African economies already indebted to
the Chinese are impacted severely and lives lost. Will China forgive the debt? Africa
must wake up and take back its power and develop its own manufacturing factories
and create jobs for their own people and stop this dependency on China”, stressed
Soraya Sheppard, Artist, and Founder of Color Me Africa Fine Arts.
We will continue to protest peacefully, thoughtfully, and petition the Chinese
Government, and their Citizens, to stop these blatant and unscrupulous behaviors.
We, Africans, are AWAKE!
About Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC)
Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) is a Chicago-based not-for-profit
corporation whose mission is to promote trade, investment, educational exposures,
and cultural exchanges globally for Africa’s economic interest and its partners starting
from the United States of America. Locally, AGCC strives to serve businesses and
professionals seeking business opportunities, while also, facilitating mutual commerce
between US and Africa.