Race Inquiry Digest (Mar 22) – Important Current Stories On Race In America

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U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield gives powerful speech at U.N.: “I know the ugly face of racism.” By Pamela Falk / CBS News

The Biden administration’s U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield gave a stirring and deeply personal address to world leaders at U.N. Headquarters on Friday during a session on the “elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” recounting troubling chapters from her own life story. “I am a descendant of slaves. My great grandmother Mary Thomas, born in 1865, was the child of a slave. That is just three generations back from me,” she said. “I grew up in the segregated South. I was bussed to a segregated school and on weekends, the Ku Klux Klan burned crosses on lawns in our neighborhood. When I was in high school, I was asked by a little girl, for whom I babysat, if I was an N-word because her dad had used the word for me.” Read more  and watch the speech here.

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