Resolutions, Restitution, and Reparations: 2018 State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

In the midst of protest against injustices at the historic missionary school, Penn Center on St. Helena Island and against police brutality and gun violence in Charleston, SC, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee NationQueen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) celebrated her 18th anniversary as the elected head pun de bodee of the Gullah/Geechee Nation with her annual State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation address on Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio entitled “Resolutions, Restoration, and Reparations.”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gullahgeechee/2018/07/02/resolutions-restoration-reparations-2018-state-of-the-gullahgeechee-nation

Within days of the broadcast, outrage continued in the Gullah/Geechee Nation regarding the mistreatment of Gullah/Geechees at the hands of others.  The City of Charleston, SC issues a resolution apologizing for slavery and then a week later a Gullah/Geechee youth that makes palmetto roses to sell as a legal means of making an income was arrested by Charleston police.  Allegations of crime being the need for a fence around the Penn Center National Landmark Historic District have also been made.  Both of these situations strike the Gullah/Geechee community as attempts to criminalize their culture and to continue to seek to place them behind bars or bar them out of places.  So, the work to protect the civil and human rights of the Gullah/Geechee people including their right to movement continues.

The protection of human rights was one of the major reasons that the Gullah/Geechee people came together 19 years ago to elect their own leader and enstooled their first head of state 18 years ago.  We knew that if we don’t protect us, no one else will.

The state of the Gullah/Geechee Nation is “We gwine keep standin!  Hunnuh caan broke we!  WEBE Gullah/Geechee!”


 

 

The Charleston Post & Courier published an article entitled “Penn Center’s Fence is an Insult to the Surrounding Gullah/Geechee Community:”

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/fence-at-penn-center-an-insult-to-surrounding-gullah-geechee/article_58a9b944-8090-11e8-9325-7f86a4e7d11d.html

2 Comments

  1. Inez Miller

    I agree Penn Center wanted the local Law Enforcement to be out on Penn Grounds .The Community was totally against it, with a nearby entertainment spot in the area this is the end results.In Beaufort there are signs posted at cross walks ,the leadership at Penn Center wouldnt even entertain the suggestion and use our children as an excuse.

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