Police brutality and racism has gotten so bad in the United States that the United Nations is stepping in, once again to call out the nation.
The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent convened to cover a broad range of topics, but most of those centered around police brutality, mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline.
In their preliminary statement given to the media last week, the UN’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent enumerated concerns that the United States government is responsible for systemic racism and that in “almost all the human-development indicators such as life expectancy, income and wealth, level of education and even food security,” the United States reflects “the level of structural discrimination that creates de facto barriers for people of African descent to fully exercise their human rights.”
The main way this happens, the UN group reported, is through the police state apparatus.
“We were informed that across the country, there are police in the schools arresting children for minor offenses. The police have authority to detain, frisk and arrest children in school,” they explained.
“Zero-tolerance policies and heavy-handed efforts to increase security in schools have led to excessive penalization and harassment of African-American children through racial profiling… This phenomenon has been sadly described as ‘the school-to-prison pipeline,'” the UN report continued.
“This history, crucial in the organization of the current American society, is taught differently by states and fails to adequately address the root causes of racial inequality and injustice. Consequently, this contributes to the structural invisibility of African Americans,” the report added.
The group recommended that there be an immediate end to policing in schools.
They additionally called for a prohibition on the use of restraints and seclusion in schools.
They also said that the United States should not use government education to white wash its own dirty history of slavery and genocide, but should instead highlight the continuum of past government misdeeds to those still taking place on the streets of America today.
Read the UN’s full preliminary report and their recommendations here.
(Article by Shante Wooten)