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Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism
Statement Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor
July 10, 2023

Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, Ashwini K.P.

Statement by United States Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council – 53rd Session

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

Special Rapporteur K. P., we look forward to welcoming you to the United States for your first official country visit in November.

The United States categorically condemns all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, violent extremism, antisemitism, and related intolerance.

Last month, the President released the first U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. This action, alongside recent action to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and the executive orders president Biden has signed, including on his first day in office, on advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities, underscores our commitment to the fight against all forms of hatred.

We can and must do more for members of marginalized racial, ethnic and Indigenous communities, including people of African descent.

As President Biden said: “Advancing equity is not a one-year project. It’s a generational commitment.”

Mr. Vice President, great nations acknowledge and come to terms with mistakes that are made and strive to heal and do better.

Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We continue to strive toward a more inclusive and equitable future for all people, everywhere.

Madam Special Rapporteur, how can States better address escalating hatred and lay the foundation for reducing racism and all forms of related intolerance?

I thank you.