UNITED NATIONS WARNS US OVER THE RISE OF RACISM




İrem Uzun –TDO- UN Committee charged with tackling racism has criticized Trump and his administration for failing to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject racist events. “We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred,” Anastasia Crickley, president of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said. She also added that they called on the US Government to investigate thoroughly the phenomenon of racial discrimination targeting, in particular, people of African descent, ethnic or ethno-religious minorities, and migrants.          

Last week, US President Donald Trump repeatedly blamed both sides for the unrest, he accused left-wing of “charging the far-right”. Trump’s failure to strictly condemn racist groups and promote equality caused a widespread criticism by lawmakers from both parties.     

Later, Trump portrayed himself as a victim of events in Charlottesville and accused journalists who “do not like their” country of polarizing the United States. He also described media as corrupted and said that it was trying to take away the history and manipulate the society. He blamed the fake media for misreading his perfect response to protests. His statement was interpreted as “downright scary and disturbing” by James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.   

The warning specifically refers to the racist violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the violence between white supremacists and civil rights activists occurred and human rights activist Heather Heyer was killed. In the statement, CERD also called on the US to ensure that the freedom of expression cannot be misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.