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 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.”
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:”
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