Caribbean American congresswoman says Trump fans flames of racism

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Caribbean American congresswoman says Trump fans flames of racism

Friday, June 05, 2020

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NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has criticised United States President Donald J Trump, accusing him of continuing to fan the flames of racism.

Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, on Wednesday accused Trump of “mishandling instances of targeted police brutality and protests across the nation” in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

“Forty-five did not create the systemic racism that has caused this moment, but he has spent three years fanning the flames of hatred and spent the last week emboldening the police to continue their wanton aggression against peaceful protestors,” Clarke, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, told the Caribbean Media Corporation, alluding to Trump, the 45th president of the United States.

“As the nation continues to try to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis substantially exacerbated by a lack of executive leadership, many Americans have taken to the streets to voice deeply held convictions about the longstanding, nearly inherent inequities of our system,” she added.

“The reaction of the executive branch exposes an underlying truth that both sides of the aisle could likely agree on: The White House is more concerned with order than justice,” Clarke continued.

“By declaring himself the 'law and order President,' 45 has dug deeper into the open wounds that have plagued this nation since its founding and has long since abdicated any responsibility he has regarding the moral leadership of the nation,” she said.

On Wednesday, the Office of Minneapolis Attorney General Keith Ellison upgraded charges against officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, in addition to the original charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

The other three officers on the scene were charged with aiding and abetting murder for failing to intervene.

“The decisions to elevate the charges against George Floyd's murderer and charge three more officers involved is a welcome relief,” New York City Councilwoman Farah N Louis, the Haitian American representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, told CMC.

“It is a testament to the power of a collective voice,” added the daughter of Haitian immigrants. “But it should not take days of protests to bring these perpetrators to justice. Furthermore, justice will not truly exist until we commit to reforming a racist system.”


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