US HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN SAYS THE US GOVERNMENT WILL NOT TOLERATE PPP GOVERNMENT RACISM IN GUYANA
Brooklyn, NY: United States Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who is Chairman of the Congressional Democrat Caucus, and personal confidant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and likely successor, today created headline news when he delivered a broadside to Guyana’s People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government. Positing that the PPP regime as racist, Jeffries said the US will not tolerate racism by the regime.
Congressman Jeffries was at the time addressing the annual Seventh-Day Adventist Church Guyana day, New York City convocation, at the Bethany Baptist Church, which is located in the historic Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, a predominantly African American community that has produced iconic African Americans such as Jackie Robinson.
The service was organized by the Guyanese Adventist Missionary Endeavor (GAME). GAME also organizes religious and humanitarian missions to Guyana, to complement the work of the Guyana Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. The Congressman was accompanied by members of his staff and President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) Rickford Burke.
The Congressman, who represents the 8th congressional district of New York, in Brooklyn, disclosed that he and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, whose parents are Jamaican-Americans, represent the largest Guyanese American Community in America. “My sister Yvette Clarke and I, we represent the largest community of Guyanese in the United States. We are very proud of that fact,” Jeffries emphasized.
Praising the culture and work ethic of Guyanese, Jeffries said over the years of his political representation, growing up right here in Brooklyn and having close friends who are Guyanese, like Rickford Burke, he has come to realize that “Guyanese are hardworking, entrepreneurial, family oriented, community centered, spiritually grounded, and cook great food.”
“Rickford knows I look forward to my peper-pot every Christmas, the Congressman declared. He said that he is thankful for the Guyanese community “and what it represents.” Jeffries said he will continue to stand with GAME, the Guyanese community, the SDA community, and certainly the folks back home in Guyana.
Slamming the PPP government for its racist practices, Jeffries, the most powerful black politician in Congress, said he is standing with “Guyanese back home in Guyana who are living under very difficult circumstances; under a government that has consistently not treated everyone consistent with the principles of equal protection under the law.”
“We’re not going to tolerate racism here and we’re not going to tolerate racism down in Guyana either,” Jeffries warned. “We will continue to do everything necessary to get things moving in a fairer more equitable direction,” he assured the audience.
Jeffries and several other Members of the United States Congress have called out the PPP government for not governing Guyana fairly and equitably. He has also called for the removal of US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann Lynch, who has steadfastly condoned the racist policies and practices of the PPP regime.
The Congressman, who has attended the GAME Guyana Day service for the last thirteen years, was honored by GAME.
GAME President, Mr. Floyd Mitchell, lauded the Congressman’s work and leadership, saying that Congressman has consistently spoken out on national television on matters of national import. Mitchell thanked the Congressman for his representation in Washington.
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