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U.N. Panel Urges U.S. Government To Reject Racial Hatred And Violence

Summary

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged the U.S. government to reject racist speech and ideology and criticized its "failure at the highest political level" to unequivocally condemn the racist violence in Charlottesville, VA earlier this month, which was marked by white nationalists and supremacists and violent protests. The U.S. Conference of Bishops has also responded by assembling an ad hoc committee to combat racism. The committee will work to engage the Church and society in order to combat racism in the present moment.

Q&As

What did the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urge the U.S. government to do?
The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the U.S. government to reject racist speech and ideology and unequivocally condemn the racist violence in Charlottesville, VA.

What did President Trump's initial remarks following the violence in Charlottesville, VA condemn?
President Trump's initial remarks following the violence in Charlottesville, VA condemned violence "on many sides".

What is the purpose of the "early warning and urgent action" statement released by the U.N. panel?
The purpose of the "early warning and urgent action" statement released by the U.N. panel is to identify pressing problems of racism and prevent them from worsening.

What was the topic of the U.S. Conference of Bishops ad hoc committee assembled in 2011?
The topic of the U.S. Conference of Bishops ad hoc committee assembled in 2011 was religious liberty.

What was the opening line of the 1979 pastoral letter issued by the U.S. Bishops' Conference?
The opening line of the 1979 pastoral letter issued by the U.S. Bishops' Conference was "Racism is an evil which endures in our society and in our Church."

AI Comments

👍 It is commendable that the U.N. and U.S. Conference of Bishops have taken a stand against racism and are actively working to combat it in society.

👎 President Trump's failure to unequivocally condemn the racist violence in Charlottesville and his mixed messages on the issue are extremely concerning and unacceptable.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about the U.N. Panel urging the U.S. Government to reject racial hatred and violence. It specifically references the protests in Charlottesville, VA, and President Trump's initial response to the incident.

Friend: Wow, that's pretty serious. What does the U.N. Panel want the U.S. Government to do?

Me: The U.N. Panel wants the U.S. Government to unequivocally reject and condemn the racist violence in Charlottesville, and to take action to prevent future racism and discrimination. They also criticized the U.S. for failing to do so at the highest political level. The U.S. Conference of Bishops has also assembled an ad hoc committee to address the sin of racism and work together to combat it.

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Technical terms

U.N. Panel
United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a committee of the United Nations that works to eliminate racial discrimination.
Racial Hatred
Intense dislike or hostility towards a person or group of people based on their race.
Racist Speech
Speech that expresses prejudice or discrimination against a particular race or group of people.
Racist Ideology
A set of beliefs or principles that promote racism.
Charlottesville, VA
A city in Virginia, USA, where a white supremacist rally was held in August 2017.
President Trump
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
U.N.
United Nations, an international organization that works to promote peace and security.
Facebook
A social media platform.
Flipboard
A news aggregator and social network platform.
Email
Electronic mail, a method of exchanging digital messages.

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