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Trump declared ‘persona non grata’ in the Caribbean

January 14, 2018

Pan-African leaders in the Caribbean declare that U.S. President Trump made himself unwelcome with his vulgar insults against Haiti and African countries. They likely speak for the entire African Diaspora.

Declaration of the People of the Caribbean

This declaration was authored by the pan-Africanist and socialist popular forces of the Caribbean nation of Barbados at Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, and submitted to the people and civil society organizations of the Caribbean for their endorsement and adoption.

US President Donald Trump Has Been Declared ‘Persona Non Grata’ in the Caribbean

We, the under-signed representatives of the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby declare that President Donald Trump of the United States of America is “Persona Non Grata” in our Caribbean region!

We further declare that as a “Persona Non Grata,” President Donald Trump is NOT welcome in any territory of the Caribbean, and we hereby confirm that we – the Caribbean people – will petition our governments, vehemently protest against any Trump visit, and engage in popular demonstrations designed to prevent President Donald Trump’s entry into any portion of the sovereign territory of our Caribbean region.

As sons and daughters of the Caribbean, we hereby affirm that the continent of Africa is the revered Motherland of a sizable majority of our people and that the Republic of Haiti – the seminal architect of the destruction of the system of chattel slavery that held our ancestors in bondage – is the foundational cornerstone of our Caribbean civilization, and we therefore consider that any insult or attack that is directed at the African continent or at the Republic of Haiti is intrinsically an insult and attack that is directed at us as well.

Pan-Africanist David Comissiong (speaking), founder of the Clement Payne Movement and former head of the Barbadian government’s Commission for Pan-African affairs, is among the prominent Caribbean leadership that produced this declaration.

We further affirm that we Caribbean people – in light of our history of experiencing, resisting and surviving the most horrendous forms of enslavement and colonialism – consciously regard ourselves as champions and defenders of the dignity and fundamental human rights of all Black or African people, and that we are guided by an over-arching and non-negotiable principle of zero tolerance of any manifestation of anti-Black or anti-African racism or discrimination.

We Caribbean people – in light of our history of experiencing, resisting and surviving the most horrendous forms of enslavement and colonialism – consciously regard ourselves as champions and defenders of the dignity and fundamental human rights of all Black or African people, and that we are guided by an over-arching and non-negotiable principle of zero tolerance of any manifestation of anti-Black or anti-African racism or discrimination.

It is against this background that we, the sovereign people of the Caribbean, have determined that by describing the nations of Africa, the Republic of Haiti and the Central American nation of El Salvador as “shithole” countries, U.S. President Donald Trump has committed a despicable and unpardonable act of anti-Black, anti-African, anti-Brown racism that has served to further energize and fortify the vile White supremacy system that the said President Trump has self-consciously sought to champion and lead.

We the sovereign people of the Caribbean hereby declare to the entire world that we vehemently and unreservedly denounce President Donald Trump and the evil and inhuman White supremacy value system that he represents!

Endorsed and supported by the following organizations and individuals:

  1. Clement Payne Movement of Barbados
  2. Pan-African Coalition of Organizations (PACO)
  3. Israel Lovell Foundation of Barbados
  4. Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration (CMPI)
  5. Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defense of Humanity
  6. Global Afrikan Congress
  7. Caribbean Pan-African Network (CPAN)
  8. Peoples Empowerment Party (Barbados)
  9. Pan-African Federalist Movement – Caribbean Region Committee
  10. International Committee of Black Peoples (Guadeloupe)
  11. Jamaica-Cuba Friendship Association
  12. Jamaica LANDS
  13. SRDC Guadeloupe, Martinique Chapter
  14. Ijahnya Christian (St. Kitts and Nevis)
  15. Dorbrene O’Marde (Antigua and Barbuda)
  16. NswtMwt Chenzira Davis Kahina (Ay Ay Virgin Islands-U.S.)
  17. Ivana Cardinale (Venezuela)
  18. Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago
  19. Organization for the Victory of the People (Guyana)
  20. Gerald Perreira (Guyana)
  21. Black Consciousness Movement of Guyana
  22. Conscious Lyrics Foundation (St. Martin)
  23. Myrtha Delsume (Haiti)
  24. Anthony “Gabby” Carter (Barbados)
  25. Cuban-Barbadian Friendship Association
  26. Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados)
  27. Maxi Baldeo (Barbados)
  28. Dr. Nancy Fergusson Jacobs (Barbados)
  29. Ayo Moore (Barbados)
  30. Haiti-Jamaica Society
  31. Anthony Reid (Barbados)
  32. Cheryl Hunte (Barbados)
  33. Hamilton Lashley (former Barbados Minister of Government)
  34. Erica Williams (Guyana)
  35. Kilanji Bangarah (Namibia / Jamaica)
  36. International Movement for Reparations (Martinique)
  37. Alex Sujah Reiph (St. Martin)
  38. Thelma Gill-Barnett (Barbados)
  39. Khafra Kambon (Trinidad and Tobago)
  40. Margaret Harris (Barbados)
  41. Jacqueline Jacqueray (Guadeloupe)
  42. Garcin Malsa (Martinique)
  43. National Committee for Reparations (Martinique)
  44. Officers and Members of the Global Afrikan Congressuk (GACuk)
  45. Jamaica Peace Council
  46. Ingrid Blackwood (Jamaica)
  47. Glenroy Watson (President, RMT’s London Transport Regional Council, Jamaica)
  48. Paul Works (Jamaica)
  49. Abu Akil (United Kingdom / Jamaica)
  50. Kwame Howell (Barbados)
  51. Ian Marshall (Barbados)
  52. Michael Heslop (Jamaica)
  53. Andrea King (Barbados)
  54. Cikiah Thomas (Canada / Jamaica)
  55. Bobby Clarke (Barbados)
  56. Trevor Prescod, Member of Parliament (Barbados)
  57. David Denny (Barbados)
  58. John Howell (Barbados)
  59. Lalu Hanuman (Barbados / Guyana)
  60. Onkphra Wells (Barbados)
  61. Rahmat Jean-Pierre (Barbados)
  62. Philip Springer (Barbados)
  63. Cedric Jones (Guyana)
  64. David Comissiong (Barbados)
  65. Selrach Belfield (Guyana)
  66. Kathy “Ife” Harris (Barbados)
  67. Andrea Quintyne (Barbados)
  68. Felipe Noguera (Trinidad & Tobago)
  69. Suzanne Laurent (Martinique)
  70. Line Hilgros Makeda Kandake (Guadeloupe)
  71. Kerin Davis (Jamaica)
  72. Delvina E. Bernard (Africentric Learning Institute, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  73. Muhammad Nassar (Barbados)
  74. Anthony Fraser (Guyana)
  75. Troy Pontin (Guyana)
  76. Nigel Cadogan (Barbados)
  77. Ras Iral Jabari (Barbados)
  78. Nicole Cage (Martinique)
  79. Robert Romney (St. Martin / Guadeloupe)
  80. Anne Braithwaite (Guyana)
  81. Icil Phillips (Barbados)
  82. Marie Jose Ferjule (Martinique)
  83. Errol Paul (Guyana)
  84. Erskine Bayne (Barbados)
  85. Robert Gibson (Barbados)
  86. Alister Alexander (Barbados)
  87. Mark Adamson (Barbados)
  88. Junior Jervis (Guyana)
  89. Lee Bing (Guyana)
  90. Akram Sabree (Guyana)

The Bay View thanks Gerald A. Perreira, writer, educator, theologian, political activist, chairperson of the Guyanese organizations Black Consciousness Movement Guyana (BCMG) and Organization for the Victory of the People (OVP and an executive member of the Caribbean Chapter of the Network for Defense of Humanity for allowing the Bay View to publish this declaration. He can be reached at mojadi94@gmail.com.

 

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8 thoughts on “Trump declared ‘persona non grata’ in the Caribbean

  1. Guest

    God is watching how we respond to all human beings who inhabit our planet. We are one humanity and each of us will be accountable for our actions toward others. There is no place for white supremacy.

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  2. Alberto N Jones

    Thanks, Thanks for this courageous step in defense of our dignity. Please circulate to increase number of endorsers.

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  3. Kodwo Ansah

    Nice one, the people of the Carribean Islands, I am reaching you from Accra Ghana. I want you to know that I recognize the fact that you have taken a spirited step to let the Racist President of the United States of America know that you will not take his negative thoughts on the Black people lying down but you will always defend our dignity.
    Thumbs up

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    1. Anne Riley

      Please know that Americans do not think like our ignorant president. Every time he says anything, his ignorance is highly embarrassing to most of us. We (most of us) want him to be impeached so that we can return to civility. Anne Riley

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  4. Anne Riley

    I, an 83-year-old white woman, living in New York State, USA have never in all my life been so embarrassed by a president who is crude, ignorant and mentally unfit. Please realize that he does not speak for any of us that are intelligent, civil and educated enough to realize that there is no such thing as "supremacy" of any race.
    I feel I have to apologize for all those who meekly stand by and allow him to continue on his ruinous path. Anne Riley

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  5. hoops

    I think, maybe, since Africans were late-comers to the Caribbean you should cool it on presumptions of solidarity or leadership of any kind in "your Caribbean civilization." Furthermore, shunning so-called white supremacists isn't much of a way to foster understanding. Why not just express pain? Show vulnerability, not indignation.

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