US Race Record Is 'Abysmal'

Katrina, profiling, education—minorities still lag, study says
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2007 9:42 PM CST
Fernando Guillen, of Woodbridge, Va., center, who is originally from El Salvador, marches in protest down Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge, Va. on Sunday Sept. 2, 2007. Over 4,000 people attended...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – From racial profiling to voting discrimination and Hurricane Katrina, US race relations are "abysmal," according to a new report. The Human Rights Network, an umbrella organization of some 250 nonprofits, found that minorities aren't given the same educational resources and are disproportionately represented in prisons. The findings counter Washington's own report on race relations to the UN last spring.

That report merely admitted to a legacy of racism, Reuters reports, and activists denounced it as a federal move to dodge UN standards on racial equality. The new one is an attempt to correct "the historic record," said one activist. The report urged the US to "take immediate, robust action to bring the US into compliance with its obligations."