Leaders of the Diaspora

March 3, 2017,

My Dear Brothers and Sisters

There is no doubt that the administration of Donald Trump has created tremendous havoc throughout the African diaspora.

Trump’s racist, sexist, anti immigrant sentiments have startled all of us and given hope to the extreme right wing the world over. His outright appeals to racism, his disrespect of African Americans and our communities and the lies he tweets about our people are beyond anything we have witnessed in our lifetime. His recent disrespect of the presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities spoke volumes.

Even more painful is Trump’s treatment of our Black immigrant brothers and sisters. In the last few days, the president has recommended to ICE that children be separated from their parents…something we as a nation have not seen since slavery. It is not only racist, and irrational…it is unimaginably cruel. Those of us who are native born cannot fathom the difficulty of our immigrant brothers and sisters whose greatest daily fear is living with the unknown.   Mayor Walsh has taken a courageous and powerful stand in defending our immigrant brothers and sisters, and presenting for us a model of principled resistance.

In periods of great uncertainty tremendous opportunity is born. As Black people in the city of Boston Trump’s immigration policies have created for us as Black people the opportunity to become one community united against official oppression. As an African American man, I am concerned of the plight of our immigrant Black Brothers and sisters and I am willing to do everything I can to protect my brothers and sisters so they may live a life of opportunity, dignity and peace. Further, I am willing to put my life on the line to protect that principle.

In fact, African Americans across Massachusetts…indeed the world… share that sentiment.

PLEASE JOIN US ON THURSDAY MARCH 16TH AT NORTHEASTERN LAW SCHOOL ROOM 240 FROM 5PM-7PM AS LEADERS OF AFRICAN DESCENT COME TOGETHER, BREAK BREAD, BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, DISCUSS WHAT EXACTLY IS TAKING PLACE AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP ADDRESS THE CRISIS AS A COMMUNITY OF BLACK PEOPLE.

ALL of us who love Black people and our diversity and the strength that comes from it, recognizes that when one is attacked ALL are attacked. We must stand together as a Black Community. Please join us on the 16th to begin a journey of love and solidarity.

Peace and thanks

Horace Small                           Jean Claude Sanon                    Rahsaan Hall