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Senator Tom Cotton speaks out against UN ambassador’s comments about racism in founding documents

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Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) spoke on Fox News’ “Fox News Primetime” on Wednesday about what U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said about America’s founding documents.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield spoke about how racism was a part of America’s founding documents and Senator Cotton decided to respond. He talked about how the Biden administration’s diplomats are saying things about America that the Chinese and Soviets used to say about the United States. “Amazing. Yeah, you used to listen to Communist Chinese or Communist Soviets call Americans racists at the United Nations. In the Biden administration, you hear that from our own ambassador. That’s disgraceful,” said Senator Cotton.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield pledged Wednesday to combat racism at home and abroad and spoke about how America’s history of slavery “weaved White supremacy into our founding documents and principles.” At the National Action Network’s 2021 virtual convention, the ambassador said that in order for the United States to play an effective role in the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, it has to acknowledge its own problems. “When we raise issues of equity and justice at the global scale, we have to approach them with humility,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “We have to acknowledge that we are an imperfect union and have been since the beginning. Every day we strive to make ourselves more perfect and more just. In a diverse country like ours, that means committing to do the work. It means learning and understanding more about each other.” 

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield referenced a recent speech that she delivered to the UN General Assembly on its International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in which she detailed her own experienced with racism. She noted that she told the General Assembly her own great-grandmother “was the child of a slave just three generations back from me.” She added that she grew up in the very racist and segregated South in a neighborhood where “the Klan burned crosses on lawns”. “I shared these stories and others to acknowledge, on the international stage, that I have personally experienced one of America’s greatest imperfections,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “I’ve seen for myself how the original sin of slavery weaved White supremacy into our founding documents and principles.” 

The ambassador noted that white supremacy “led to the senseless killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and so many other Black Americans.” States around the country have seen an increase in hate crimes in recent years, she added. “That’s why the Biden administration has made racial equity a top priority across the entire government, and I’m making a real focus of my tenure at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations,” she said. “But when I say racism is a problem in every society, that means looking beyond America’s borders, too.” 

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