A top official with the United Nations condemned the United States for its “systemic racism.”

Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile and the current high commissioner for human rights at the U.N., highlighted the cases of George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and others during a speech on Monday in which she demanded that the U.S. make changes to ensure black people feel protected.

“In the United States, the shooting of Jacob Blake last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by a police officer employing apparently excessive force and details that have emerged regarding the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York, bring home yet again the need for urgent and profound action to combat systemic racism and racial discrimination in policing and across society. The absence of accountability for many prior killings underscores the gravity of this crisis,” Bachelet said.

“Many commitment[s] to reform were made by citizen police following the killing of George Floyd in May, including by law enforcement agencies in Kenosha. Those words need to be matched by real change to create an environment in which African Americans feel they are protected by law enforcement in the state,” she added.

Bachelet also addressed issues taking place in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Nicaragua, and Venezuela during the same speech.

Author: Madison Dibble

Source: Washington Examiner: UN human rights chief calls for ‘urgent and profound action to combat systemic racism’ in US