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So, here’s the deal: The U.N. (aka the United Nations) created a group to focus on issues faced by people of African descent. Yay, right? But the group recently released a report that argues that, one, we have a HUGE problem with anti-black racism in the U.S., and that the state of that racism is so extreme that it calls for reparations.

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The report was released as a part of a study by the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world. The report explained links between our history of racism and current issues of anti-blackness, saying,

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On current issues of police brutality, it explained,

Like, woah. This is so, so important.

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Long story short? It doesn’t really matter whether or not the average person thinks that anti-black racism is an issue in the U.S. The freakin’ U.N. says it is, solidifying what activists, educators, and black people across the country have been saying for years: we have a problem with racism in this country. And we need to do something about it.

End of story.