The Take Back Africa Foundation stands with and acknowledges the Black Lives Matter Movement. The Black Lives Matter Global Network is on a mission to create a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive. The Take Back Africa Foundation supports this mission. As Africans living in the diaspora, we are fortunate to benefit from all that African Americans have fought and died for in the fight for civil and equal rights. We are also subjected to racial injustice because of this. With this, we are speaking out against police brutality and demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Arianna Jefferson and Ahmad Arbery.
Police brutality disproportionally affects black people in America. Data collected by the Washington Post on the use of lethal force by police officers since 2015 indicates that, blacks are overrepresented among all those killed by police. Blacks made up 12% of the US population. However, from 2015 – 2019 they accounted for 26.4% of those that were killed by police under all circumstances. As Africans living in America, we must acknowledge this as the reality. This is the reality of what it means to be black in America. As a predominantly African Diasporan organization, we see the necessity to start having conversations about racism on the continent. It is important to educate our people interested in traveling abroad about the racial realities that comes with living in the United States.
We are asking our members and supporters to partake in the movement any way they can. Here are some examples of what that can look like for you:
Everyone has a role to play in this movement for equality and justice. If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that “normal” is not something we should strive to get back to. If you would like to keep up with what TBA is doing to support BLM and our communities, please feel free to follow us on social media and check our website for updates. We thank you for your support, and we look forward to continuing to work together to help make lasting and positive change for generations to come. Black Lives Matter.