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U.S. residents who returned to Ghana described the racism they suffered

Black Americans living in Ghana have described how they have experienced racism in the United States

Ghana has declared 2019 as the most visited year for black Americans in the United States.

Over the year, there has been an increase in black Americans living in the United States returning to their homeland to continue to live as a result of racism being perpetrated in the United States.

Currently, there are about 5,000 returnees in Ghana.

For those who returned to live in Ghana, the assassination of George Floyd and the protests that followed the importance of blacks brought back memories of their tragic experiences.

I traveled two hours from Accra, the capital of Ghana, to meet 37-year-old twins Titus and Tyree Busbee who left the US state of Alabama a few years ago as a result of racism.

We met at Elmina Castle - an ancient fortress built during the colonial period and built in 1482 on the southern coast of Ghana.

Thousands of Africans were transported to the United States from Elmina Castle for pilgrimage.

Even as we walked through the walls, which is the largest gathering place for slaves in Ghana, they told me how they came here to remember how this place has affected the lives of Americans now.

They explained to me that they were musicians in Alabama, and it was here that they grew up and studied. They said they felt discriminated against when they first started singing he said

"We can't work in a lot of places," said Titus. "The rules on what kind of equipment to wear are put in place so that we don't have to sing in the stadium."

They are even banned from singing when they go to the stadium as a result of wearing African clothes instead of European ones. They think that they are being discriminated against. "There are a lot of red lines, we have to pay before we can play," they said.

They explained that the natives of the United States did not like the nature of the songs they performed, especially the Europeans living in their hometown, where they criticized them and accused them of promoting hip-hop songs instead of the country songs.

They said they had spent years thinking about leaving the country and that they had started raising money.

I asked them about what they did to what happened in the United States these days, and the cries of the world. They explained that the situation has been going on for a long time, "you can't keep people on the ground for a long time without getting up," Titus said.

Muhammida El Muhajir, a 30-year-old woman and director of a state-of-the-art marketing company, moved to Ghana from Brooklyn, New York in 2014 where she said she was discriminated against.

I work as a Manager and I am the only black person in a company in New York, a white person living in the company hall loves the position I was given, and she is upset as a result of the job I was given, Muhammida said. “In response, she announced that her credit card had been stolen and I was accused of theft.

The police were called and asked if I could go to their office to answer questions, ”she said.

She explained to me that she had been detained for several hours and was released after the police realized that there was no evidence that she could be arrested for theft. “I experienced violence,” she said. “The fact is, the result of me being black is why I was just considered guilty,” she said

She explained that living in Ghana gave her the opportunity to calm down. "There may be some problems or discrimination that people are experiencing," she said. “But judging a person for his skin color is not one of them.

The aftermath of George Floyd's assassination in Africa

George Floyd's death at the hands of police has sparked protests across Africa, in support of their African brother.

She said I visited a group of Africans living abroad at the W.E. B. Du Bois in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

George Floyd's name is written in black on the white wall to honor him for what happened to him. The wall was also dedicated to other Africans living in the United States who died as a result of similar incidents.

The African American Diaspora, which works with the African Union, provides support to black Americans returning home.

She explained to me that there are many black Americans living in the United States who have expressed interest in returning to Ghana as a result of the racism they face.

"People in the United States say they want to come home, you know we're waiting for them. If you ask me if I'm going back to the United States now, I'll say no," she said.

She also returned from the United States. Ghana is the only country in Africa with a law that allows Africans from other countries to work in the country without having their visa renewed or processed.

As black Americans living in Ghana face a new life in a different country, they are confident that the protests in the United States and around the world will be a step in the right direction for black lives in the United States.

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