President Trump’s response to the racial violence in Charlottesville has been analyzed by countless organizations and communities, including leaders from Britain and Germany.
On Wednesday, the United Nations weighed in as well…
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination offered a two-page decision that covered “the failure at the highest political level of the United States of America to unequivocally reject and condemn racist violence.”
It was “deeply concerned by the example this failure could set for the rest of the world.”
The letter cited two victims by name:
- Heather D. Heyer, who was killed when a driver plowed into a crowd of protestors.
- Deandre Harris, who was beaten by white supremacists with wielding poles.
The committee invoked “early action and urgent warning procedures” and urged that “all human rights violations which took place in Charlottesville, in particular with regards to the death of Ms. Heyer, are thoroughly investigated, alleged perpetrators prosecuted and if convicted, punished with sanctions commensurate with the gravity of the crime.”
They called the events in Charlottesville “horrifying” and said it was “alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by individuals belonging to groups of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred.”
The committee called upon The United States to investigate the root causes of racism. They also urged The United States to examine racial discrimination, in particular against “people of African descent, ethnic or ethnoreligious minorities, and migrants.”
The United Nations committee concluded its condemnation of the Charlottesville violence by saying that “First Amendment protections should not be “exercised with the aim of destroying or denying the rights and freedoms of others,” or “misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.”
Credit: The New York Times