U.N. high commissioner says countries that profited from slavery and colonialism must make reparations

Michelle Bachelet the U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights in addressing the human rights council in Geneva said that countries that profited from slavery and colonialism must acknowledge “the truth about these legacies” and make reparations.

Bachelet blamed countries who have not formally acknowledged these issues as to what is “behind” the so-called systemic racism and racial violence that has occurred lately.

“Behind today’s systemic racism and racial violence lies the absence of formal acknowledgement of the responsibilities of states and others that engaged in or profited from enslavement, the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, and colonialism – as well as those who continue to profit from this legacy,” she said.

She went on to say, “Communities, families, and individuals were deprived of lives, livelihoods, resources, and rights and this still continues.” Making a bold assertion that these atrocities not only continue in countries they have not graced in decades, but that they still continue to inflict harm.

She went on to say, “Establishing the truth about these legacies, and their impact today, and taking steps to address these harms through a wide range of reparations measures is crucial to healing our societies and providing justice for terrible crimes.”

Bachelet who is a socialist and former president of Chile presented the council with a report on “systemic racism” in law enforcement targeting Africans and those of African descent. The report was mandated by a resolution adopted by the HRC weeks after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May 2020. The resolution referred to Floyd by name, five times.

Bachelet failed to admit how the US has as a country moved past slavery outlawing it, or that the US has passed laws that offer the same opportunities to all Americans. She did seem intent on was spreading a divisive theory by pedaling a false thought pattern, from a socialistic viewpoint. The thought that somehow a country like the US has not come to grips with its past. I would argue not only has America come to grips but, moved past it i.e. first black president, athletes, movie stars, and politicians to name a few. She also failed to tell of all of the atrocities socialistic and communistic regimes inflict on their adherents.

She nor the report say how such reparations years later will help or why those who have never tasted the bonds of slavery should be the recipients of reparations. Especially, why those who have never participated in the act should be forced to pay those as well.

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