Charlottesville: United Nations warns US over ‘alarming’ racism

A UN committee charged with tackling racism has issued an “early warning” over conditions in the US and urged the Trump administration to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination.

The warning specifically refers to events last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, where civil rights activist Heather Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a group of people protesting against a white nationalist rally.

Such statements are usually issued by the United Nations committee on the elimination of racial discrimination (Cerd) over fears of ethnic or religious conflict. In the past decade, the only other countries issued with an early warning were Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria.

“We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred,” said Anastasia Crickley, chair of the committee.

Donald Trump faced widespread criticism after he blamed “both sides” for the carnage in Charlottesville. Although the Cerd statement did not refer to him by name, it called on “the government of the United States of America, as well as high-level politicians and public officials, to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country”.

Crickley had also urged the US authorities “to address the root causes of the proliferation of such racist manifestations”.

The warning was issued on 18 August but came to light on Wednesday, the day after protests outside a rally by the president in Phoenix, Arizona.

Trump used Tuesday’s event to portray himself as the victim of events in Charlottesville, branding journalists who “do not like our country” as the true source of division in America. He also accused the “crooked media” of “trying to take away our history and our heritage” and read out previous statements that he said condemned hatred, bigotry and violence.

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Wednesday Open Thread

#45’s KLAN rallies are inciting more racial hate.

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Don Lemon on #TrumpInAz: Unhinged. Embarrassing.

What we witnessed in Arizona was unbelievable. A campaign rally to incite and ratchet up hatred with bald-faced lies. The country can’t take 6 more months of this. Trump’s intent was to occupy the White House and wreak absolute havoc and he’s doing it. Trump has got to go! He’s dangerous!

Lawrence O’Donnell: Trump is “lying to his audience” by misquoting himself, omitting when he condemned violence in Charlottesville “on many sides.”

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Tuesday Open Thread

Great panel- Gentrification

“Gente-Fied”

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Monday Open Thread

Happy Monday, 3 Chics Family & Friends!

ICYMI

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Sunday Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

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Comedian, Civil Rights Activist, Icon Dick Gregory Dead at the age of 84

From CNN:

Dick Gregory, legendary comic and civil rights activist, dies at 84
USA TODAY Published 10:55 p.m. ET Aug. 19, 201

Comic trailblazer and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died on Saturday night at age 84.

Son Christian Gregory confirmed the news of the passing on his father’s Instagram account.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC,” the post reads. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

His publicist of 50 years Steve Jaffe says that Gregory was surrounded by members of his family, including his wife of 58 years Lillian, when he died Saturday in Washington DC’s Sibley Memorial Hospital. Gregory was admitted last Saturday for symptoms of heart failure, interrupting an East Coast comedy tour.

“He worked 300 dates a year, and was still going strong right up to the end,” says Jaffe.

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