Minnesotans testify about racial injustice to international audience: The U.N.


Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Raj, facilitator for the day hugs Marquita Stephens, Urban League interim president and CEO. On the left are speakers, Elizer Darris, Lucina Kayee, Marvina Haynes, Breanna Buckhalton, Myon Burrell, Antonio Williams.

Black Minnesotans who have experienced racism at the hands of law enforcement gathered Tuesday to tell their stories again - this time in front of an international body.

Representatives from the United Nations traveled to Minneapolis this week to listen to and record the experiences of Black people who have been incarcerated or lost loved ones to interactions with police.

The session was part of a U.N. effort to investigate the root causes of killings of Black people and people of African descent at the hands of law enforcement, and how the "legacies of colonialism and the Transatlantic slave trade" influence systemic racist actions.



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