The U.N. Human Rights Council has decided that the killings of African-Americans at the hands of police are reminiscent of lynchings. The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent found that the U.S. also owes African-Americans reparations for slavery in the United States.
The findings, published on Monday, linked the current predicament of African-Americans to previous injustices.
“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” the report stated, according to the Washington Post. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”
The panel reached its conclusions after conducting a fact-finding mission in the U.S.
“Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today,” it read. “The dangerous ideology of white supremacy inhibits social cohesion amongst the US population.”
These recommendations aren’t likely to go anywhere in today’s political climate.
A May 2016 poll conducted by the Associated Press found little support for reparations.
“Among the races polled, 81 percent of white Americans said no to reparations for slave descendants, the highest number among all races. The numbers were much closer among blacks and Hispanics, with 58 percent of blacks supporting reparations and 35 percent against the idea. Hispanic Americans were almost evenly divided, with 47 percent against and 46 percent for providing money for slave descendants.”