Let’s Reject First Class And Second Class Citizens – Mia Amor Mottley To Ghana On 65th Independence Anniversary
By Maxwell Nkansah
The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley has rallied Ghanaians to reject the notion of first-class and second-class global citizens.
In a speech as the country marks 65 years of Independence from British colonial rule, Honorable Mottley said despite the challenges of racism and inequalities around the world, it is time for Ghana to stand tall and proud and assert its rightful place in the global community.
“And yes my friends, and yes the young people of Ghana, in particular, I’m mindful that for you this may seem a journey that is long, long past from where it started 65 years ago. But be assured that that anchor 65 years ago is what allows us now to stand tall and proud, even as we see the ugly face rearing itself again like racism and imperialism across our world.”
She further stated that we must never and never accept that there can be first-class or second-class citizens in this world. And we equally assert today that there cannot be first-class and second-class nations in the global community.
Explaining further, she said to reject fully the notion of first-class and second-class citizens in the global community, developing states like Ghana should “work together in solidarity to fight the battles of our time.”
“Challenging as they appear to be, quickly as they’re coming at us, for whether it is the climate crisis that affects us or whether it is the scourge of war that is raising its head yet again or whether it is the assertion by some who have not been elected to take power from those who were duly elected, we have a duty to stand tall and protect the principles of democracy and the principles that are anchored in our constitution and the principles that we committed to in the United Nations Charter and the International Covenant On Civil And Political Rights.”