World Bank Owes People of African Heritage Apology
December 16, 2012 4:35 AM Subscribe
"Claims of institutional racism against black people have dogged the World Bank for decades. The current president has a real opportunity to end the scourge."
Dr. Jim Yong KimFull text of petition in the link.
The World Bank
Dear Mr. President
We, the undersigned, are executive committee members of Justice for Blacks, a group consisting of current and former World Bank staff organized to restore the human dignity and rights of people of African heritage in the World Bank. Racial discrimination is a violation of human rights that is unequivocally condemned by a multitude of international human rights instruments. It robs black people of their inalienable and inviolable rights. It also seriously impairs the Bank's legitimacy as a leading global development institution.
We are writing to urge you to take immediate and concrete steps to put an end to what is degrading and dehumanizing to black staff and damaging to the long term mission of the World Bank. We are encouraged by the brilliant speech you delivered in Tokyo during the Annual Meetings that underlined your reverence to Dr. Martin Luther King and his quest for justice. We sincerely hope that your presidential mantle will draw its strength from the gravitas of justice than from the inertia of the status quo.
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