By Angela Wyatt Braden
A United Nations panel argues that the United States of America owes African Americans reparations for the long standing history of “racial terrorism” in America.
The report, which highlights the United States’ history of African American oppression and injustice, draws a direct correlation with the institution of slavery and the present condition of Blacks in America. The panel believes that reparations are crucial in narrowing the rugged gap created by the oppressive practice of slavery.
“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,”
The U.N. created this working panel to address human rights violations of people of African descent. The group, which consists of human rights attorneys from across the globe, carefully evaluated the history of African American oppression from hundreds of years ago to today.
The report acknowledges that there have indeed been improvements in the condition of African Americans. However, the group feels that more can and should be done to eliminate the looming legacy of slavery.
“Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today.”
The panel considers the shooting of unarmed Black men by law enforcement a “human rights crisis” that must be “addressed with urgency.” The panel warns the United States of continuing to cultivate a cultural conundrum that seemingly offers law enforcement impunity for their unlawful actions against African Americans.
“Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”
The group presented their findings and recommendations to the U.N. earlier this week. However, the report is likely to have no impact on policy makers in Washington D.C.