US Ambassador to UN says ‘we need to dismantle White supremacy’ and unite against racism #Breaking112
“In so many of our communities and countries, racism is endemic. It’s built in, like a rot in a frame. And it remains, and it festers, and it spreads because many of those in charge allow it to. Others look away and pretend it’s not there. But like a cancer, if ignored, it grows,” Thomas-Greenfield said during a UN meeting commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Thomas-Greenfield mentioned America’s history of slavery and legacy of White supremacy, acknowledging that “we have flaws. Deep, serious flaws.”
“But we talk about them. We work to address them. And we press on, in hopes that we can leave the country better than we found it,” she said. “We can do the same on a multilateral scale.”
She recalled how the “senseless” killings of Black Americans, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, last year had “sparked a reckoning with racial justice, a movement that spread across the world: Black Lives Matter. “
“And because Black lives matter, we need to dismantle White supremacy at every turn,” Thomas-Greenfield said.
Thomas-Greenfield said that the US mission to the UN would lower its flag at half-staff “to honor the victims of this terrible, senseless tragedy.”
She said that “ending racial discrimination, particularly” in the US criminal justice system, is an “ongoing top priority” for the Biden administration.
“It is so important we stand together — we stand unified — against this scourge. In unity, we have strength,” she said. “But divisions and misperceptions about each other work against all of us.”
Thomas-Greenfield, who is African American, said that Friday’s meeting was “personal to me,” sharing that she is a descendant of slaves and grew up in the segregated South.
“I know the ugly face of racism. I lived racism. I have experienced racism. And I survived racism,” she said.
“Those of us who experience racism cannot, and should not, internalize it, despite the impact that it can have on our everyday lives. We must face it down, every time, no matter whom it’s directed towards.”