Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.N. Ambassador elected by the Biden Administration, said that racist tendencies were even present in the founding documents of the United States.
She stressed that ‘the original sin of slavery’ was responsible for the presence of white supremacy in the founding principles and documents of the U.S.
In an interview with the left-leaning National Action Network (NAN), Thomas-Greenfield expressed her support for the organizations such as NAN and Black Lives Matter (BLM), adding that the movement has to spread on the global level to ultimately succeed.
U.N. Ambassador underscored that inequalities and injustice can only become worse without international cooperation.
She said that the need for ‘multilateral institutions’ is what motivated the Biden Administration to rejoin international alliances, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Climate Agreement.
Thomas-Greenfield emphasized that only international cooperation can prevent vulnerable communities from experiencing the negative effects of climate change.
She added that the promotion of democratic values across the world is crucial as well, citing this goal as a reason why the new administration rejoined the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Thomas-Greenfield stressed that Americans currently live in an ‘imperfect union’ that should be improved. According to her, the only way to do so is by mutual understanding and education. Personal experiences in the ‘white supremacist’ country
Thomas-Greenfield further recounted how she told personal stories before the U.N General Assembly, during the event related to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
She remembered how her ancestors were slaves and how she used to attend segregated school in the American South.
U.N. Ambassador also recalled how Ku Klux Klan members burned crosses in her neighborhood, pointing out that the white supremacy ‘weaved into the U.S. founding documents’ was responsible for the suffering of her family.
U.N Ambassador continued by saying that racism is not only the problem of its victims but also of those who endorse it, as well as society at large.
She pointed to people such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor as the victims of racism present in America since the beginning.
U.N. Ambassador identified the spread of white supremacy as a culprit for the rise in violence and discrimination against a wide range of minorities in the U.S., such as Latinos, Jews, Asians, and immigrants.
Thomas-Greenfield concluded by saying that the fight against racism would remain a top priority of the Biden Administration, once again emphasizing that, for such an action to succeed, a global approach is necessary.
U.N. Ambassador pointed out that examples of various cities where people protested against racism, ranging from Sydney and London to Monrovia and Cape Town, give her hope.