Nigerian-American activist leads anti-racism protest in United States
Nweze Chinedu Nwokeafor, a Baltimore-based Nigerian-American activist has recently led this year's first protest in Baltimore against police brutality and murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In an exclusive interview with Parkchester Times, Nwokeafor noted that his involvement in the protest was intuitive and the right thing to do for not only the Floyd but also the entire victims of cops brutality, especially the African-Americans in the States.
“I knew that I couldn't sit by and watch another injustice take place without doing anything. I knew that it was imperative that I do my part and help bring awareness to many issues of police brutality towards black men and woman,” Nwokeafor said.
“Truth be told, I came to the protest just like everyone else, I came to participate, I didn't plan anything. However, upon arriving I decided to give my expertise on civil disobedience, and the organizers willingly yielded to me and allowed me to assist in leading the people,” he added.
Nwokeafor further said that a onetime solidarity protest is ineffective and insufficient for freedom fighters, so he promised to mobilized more of his colleagues to continue daily protest until justice is served.
“At the end of the protest I didn't feel fulfilled. I felt like this is just the beginning, part one to a never ending series. I know that the fight for freedom isn't solved with one moment of Solidarity. I knew that I and many of my colleagues would have to do more to get things done,” he noted.
In his message to American racists and fellow people of color, Nwokeafor warned that racism would not be tolerated anymore, and then called on fellow black Americans to be prepared to fight for freedom for selves and their unborn generations.
“For the racist who have a stronghold and a deep history in this country, my message to them is rather simple, your time is up, and you should be cautious in how you're treating this generation of black folk. We are not our ancestors, we are not scared of you, the laws you represent or the hatred that you profess. There has never been a time like this before, and my colleagues are very interested in facing you head on.
“To my fellow people of color, with emphasis on black men and women, it's time to prepare yourselves for the inevitable. We must prepare ourselves to face a ruthless enemy. It's time for us to legally register to get firearms to protect ourselves. It's time to educate young children on the racial issues in this nation. It's time to work as a collective. No matter what job you occupy, we need your expertise to galvanize our people to win this warring racial war. It isn't going to be easy, nor is it fun. But I firmly believe that we will see the promise land, for as long as we never let up. We must press forward, heads high, with the goal of freedom in our future,” he noted.
Nweze Chinedu Nwokeafor has been a social activist for about 8 years. According to him, it started when he was a sophomore in college at Morgan State University, 2012 – the year Trayvon Martin was slain. So with the help of many other students, Nwokeafor decided to March and protest the following month.
“It was the first time I ever did such a thing, I was nervous. But the spirit of my ancestors moved me to lead the people through a successful protest, and our university president Dr. David Wilson supported our movement, and even spoke during the event,” he disclosed to Parkchester Times correspondent.