Godly woman to godly woman…
Hello, my name is Kathy and, woman to woman, I have some musings, some questions and some wonderings. I know you are a very powerful woman, and you are a very busy woman, so if you ever see this letter is doubtful, but maybe.
I have noticed in the media that you appear to applaud the Ashanti tribe from Ghana. I wondered about that, so I decided to study the people a little. They are a very interesting tribe who are powerful, rich and surprisingly have ideals and a history similar to America. I thought I would show just a few similarities between the two countries.
- USA – under the rule of the British until we won our independence from them.
- Ashanti – under the rule of the British until they won their independence from them.
- USA – in our history is the slave trade to work the ground and serve.
- Ashanti – took advantage of the lucrative slave market and provided slaves.
- USA – became rich because of the diversified people and the richness of the land with agriculture, oil and freedom.
- Ashanti – became rich because of the oil and the immense gold found in their land.
In my searching I also learned a little bit about the people that are from that country. They show respect for others, they are especially welcoming, and they are intensely proud of where they are from and their cultural heritage. They are intelligent and passionate in their approach to education. When brought into discussions they are carefully focused and do not readily speak without thought.1
One of their cultural identities is the Kente2 cloth I have seen you and others wearing. The colors are very significant and hold symbolisms. The gold color represents status and serenity. Yellow is for fertility, green is for renewal, blue is for pure spirit and harmony, red is for passion. The last one mentioned is black which stands for union with ancestors and spiritual awareness. These are awesome and bold colors when woven together, in certain patterns and colors, will represent a clan, a person, a social status, or it can also depict a proverb. After studying the Kente cloth I had to admire the thought and history that it represents.
After doing this brief study I began to see why you would admire a country with such history and values. They are ranked 40th out of 140 for being a peaceful country. They are relatively low in the corruption index. And they take pride in freedom of worship as a constitutional right. There is virtually no conflict between Muslims, Christians, and traditionalists, as well as other minority religions. In schools they are taught to tolerate others from different religions.
When doing research I found their constitution. The preambles of Ghana and the United States are quite remarkably similar, especially since they were written generations apart.
The Preamble of the United States
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Preamble of Ghana
IN THE NAME OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD
We the People of Ghana,
IN EXERCISE of our natural and inalienable right to establish a framework of government which shall secure for ourselves and posterity the blessings of liberty, equality of opportunity and prosperity;
IN A SPIRIT of friendship and peace with all peoples of the world;
AND IN SOLEMN declaration and affirmation of our commitment to;
Freedom, Justice, Probity and Accountability,
The Principle that all powers of the Government spring from the Sovereign Will of the People;
The Principle of Universal Adult Suffrage;
The Rule of Law;
The protection and preservation of fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms, Unity and Stability for our Nation;
DO HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.
They sound so much alike. The meanings are so close. You chose to wear the colors of Ashanti tribe who were slave traders, and you tear down the history of the United States for using slaves. You wear the colors of the Ashanti tribe, and you disdain and walk on the colors of the United States.
Maybe you did not know all the history of the Ashanti tribes. The United States and Ghana both share in the guilt of the dark past of slavery. Godly woman to godly woman, please explain to me the difference between the country you live in and despise and the country you show deference to, so I can understand. I believe a woman in your standing and your stature should be pushing reconciliation between all races in America, similar to Ghana who pride themselves in religious freedom and acceptance.
Information for article came from wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashanti.people except where noted.
Preamble came from https://constitution.com/constitution-of-the-republic-of-ghana/
1. From buzzghana.com/ghanaian/ written by Chuka Obiorah
2. Article written by James Padilioni Jr., May 22, 2017: “The History and Significance of the Kente Cloth in the Black Diaspora”: Published by AAIHS: website – www.aaihs.org
Photographs from Pixabay
Written by Kathy
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