August 25, 2011

An Open Letter to Van Jones, Rod Smith, Nancy Pelosi, and Jeremy Bird

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Based on my donations to President Obama's campaign in 2008 and my support of Democratic/Progressive causes, you have recently sent me many emails to support Barack Obama's re-election bid.

Yet, how am I supposed to support President Barack Obama when the White House disrespects Marcus Garvey, a national hero of Jamaica like this?
 The Sunday Observer has acquired a copy of one letter sent by Parker to the US President, and the first ever reply from the White House on the matter .

"Marcus Mosiah Garvey is also a National Hero of Jamaica, West Indies and a leading forebear of the African American civil rights experience," wrote Parker."It is full time that this extraordinary human being of humble beginnings and strong moral character be pardoned by the pen of an American president. It would be fitting if both you, Mr President, and the first lady visit Jamaica for the purposes of signing the executive order pardoning Marcus Mosiah Garvey."

In a tersely worded reply to Parker's request, White House Pardon Attorney, Ronald Rodgers said such a move would be a waste of time and resources since Garvey had been dead for ages.

Here is my response:

Have a nice day,
Geoffrey Philp

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