“It’s not every day that a senior United Nations official reprimands the U.S. for its race relations, saying the country is ‘struggling to live up to its ideals’ on equality, that ‘blunt discrimination’ by police against black Americans has reached ‘crisis levels,’ and that Congress is “dysfunctional” in how it responds to problems. But after a 17-day visit that included cities that have become flashpoints in police and race relations, such as Ferguson, Mo.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Baltimore, that’s what Maina Kiai concluded. A Kenyan human rights lawyer, Kiai is the U.N.’s special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and his trip last month was meant to examine how Americans handle protests. He had planned his visit with the State Department for months and expected he’d have to search hard for demonstrations when he arrived. Instead, Kiai stepped into a country reeling from back-to-back police shootings of black men and attacks on police in Baton Rouge and Dallas where controversy over race and policing was front and center.” 

Source: Jaweed Kaleem. “Blunt Discrimination’ By Police And ‘Crisis Levels’ Of Racism: A Senior U.N. Official Reflects On America.” Los Angeles Times. August 25, 2016.  http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-maina-kiai-united-nations-snap-story.html


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