Recently, a key committee at the United Nations raised concern over racism in the United States and the government’s failure to combat racial inequality.
In its findings, the U.N. committee highlights ways in which racial discrimination still plays a role in the American experience. The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) repeatedly expressed concern that civil and human rights in the U.S. have been “rolled back”.
Problems range from racial segregation in the schools and racial disparities in the criminal justice system, to decreased access to the courts. “As the U.N. has confirmed, the failure of the U.S. government to ensure that people have access to justice through the courts constitutes a flagrant violation of international human rights law,” said Cristóbal Joshua Alex, Campaign Coordinator of the National Campaign To Restore Civil Rights (NCRCR) and envoy to the Committee. In language echoing the points highlighted in NCRCR’s Shadow Report to CERD, the U.N. expressed concern over the U.S.’s definition of racial inequality.
Recent court cases in the United States have made it more difficult to bring discrimination claims in court, requiring proof of intentional discrimination. Under the U.N. treaty, victims of discrimination may seek justice as long as they can prove the actions had a discriminatory effect