Police shootings and violence against African American citizens have put a lot of eyes on the discussion about racism in the U.S. The murders of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Michael Brown, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, in the hands of police officers, have gone viral on social media and have sparked a sense of public outrage.
I thought I experienced some type of time travel back to the bad old days when I recently read, that a school in Pretoria, South Africa apologized for separating students according to race. The report stated that the South African Human Rights Commission held a meeting with the school’s management at which it was agreed that transformation was needed and that integration of learners will happen immediately.
On May 11, the United States received its latest peer review at the United Nations. Under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process provides an opportunity for member states to assess the human rights situation of each country individually, every five years. Having last been the subject of a UPR in 2010, the US was up for scrutiny.
Black people in Latin America and the United States share many impacts of entrenched racism and structural discrimination: higher poverty rates, exclusion from higher education, employment discrimination, higher incarceration rates, racial profiling by police, and low or non-existent political representation.