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Interactive Dialogue on Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance
October 4, 2021

Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume 

Human Rights Council – 48th Session

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

As Delivered by Senior Advisor Ms. Desirée Cormier Smith

Thank you, Madame Special Rapporteur.  Thank you for accepting our invitation to visit the United States next year.

As we redouble our efforts against racism, it is critical that we address the root causes of structural racism while acknowledging the intersections of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, national origin, and other traits.

We are deeply concerned by ongoing violence and abuses driven by racism and xenophobia around the world.  We stand against hate and violence against Asians, Pacific Islanders, and their descendants, which increased at alarming rates during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We also condemn the rise in anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, and any form of religious intolerance.

The rise in racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism globally should alarm and motivate us all.  We believe it should increase our urgency to eliminate the scourge of racism and xenophobia in our societies once and for all.

QUESTION: What methods have you seen effectively eradicate systemic racism at its roots?