Jamaican diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp, who is petitioning for the exoneration of Marcus Garvey.
Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican political leader, writer and thinker whose philosophy supported the Back to Africa movement of the 1920s, which advocated that members of the African diaspora return to their ancestral lands. He is considered a national hero in the land of his birth, remembered for his influence in Black Nationalism and Pan Africanism. But in the United States, Garvey is down on record as a convicted felon.
GP: Last year, the White House rejected a plea by one of our current members, Mr. Donovan Parker, and I wrote a post about it - Obama Rejects Plea for Marcus Garvey's Pardon: Mr. Ronald Rogers, White House pardon attorney, stated that the limited resources of the Justice Department would be better spent on other requests for presidential clemency. ‘It is the general policy of the Department of Justice that requests for posthumous pardons for federal offences not be processed for adjudication,' Rogers told Parker in a sharply worded response. ‘The policy is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on pardon and commutation requests of living persons.' Basically, Mr. Rogers was ignoring the fact that in 1925, the Justice Department with the complicity of the White House, railroaded Marcus Garvey, and now ninety years later the current occupant of the White House is washing his hands of the affair because apparently ‘Marcus Garvey is just another dead Negro.' Do I think it will be successful? Marcus Garvey in The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey said, ‘If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in
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