United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Human Rights Council that “the original sin of slavery led to white supremacy in our founding documents,” as the Biden administration lobbied the body to re-admit America.
Thomas-Greenfield made this comment while delivering a speech at a virtual National Action Network conference on Wednesday, where he argued that America’s “imperfect union” should approach “equity and justice issues globally with humility” .
“We have to accept that we are an imperfect union – and have been from the beginning – and every day we strive to make ourselves more perfect, more just. In a country as diverse as ours, that means work. Committed to, ”said the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
She told the “human rights” body, which includes China, Cuba, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and North Korea, that the United States like you needed to “engage trailblazing groups” to “improve”.
“It means learning and understanding more about each other. It means to teach, develop, involve, improve trailblazing groups like yours. This means that we should not forget our past or ignore our present, but keeping in mind the way we move towards a better future.
Thomas-Greenfield acknowledged some global human rights abuses, such as the Uyghur genocide in China, although none of the nations included in the panel.
She told the virtual audience, “I shared these stories and others to accept, on the international stage, that I have personally experienced one of America’s biggest flaws.”
“I have seen for myself how the original sin of slavery weaves white supremacy into our founding documents and principles. But I shared these stories to provide an insight, a simple truth I have learned over the years: Racism is not the problem of the person who experiences it. “
Among the 47 member countries on the council, notable nations include China, Cuba, Venezuela, Sudan, Libya, Nigeria, Russia, Somalia, Qatar and Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.
The then President Trump voted out of the council in 2018 citing anti-Israel bias.
US Secretary of State Tony Blinken initially announced in early February that the United States would rejoin the council as an observer, though he would, weeks later, revealing that the nation “politely” voted back. Will seek to do.
Blinken said in a video that month, “We humbly ask all the United States member states to support this body in their bid to return to the seat.”
Council seats are for a three-year term. Palkin said that the US would like to capture one for the period 2022-24.
Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations, rejected the effort at the time, Debating on twitter The council “covers dictators and human rights abusers such as Russia, China and Venezuela.”