The head of Human Rights of the United Nations (UN), Michelle Bachelet, confirmed in a public statement the organization’s support for the claims of far-left groups such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) in their struggle for “racial equality.” She even claimed that this type of organization “should have funding, recognition and governmental support.”

The former socialist president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, joined the discourse of leftist movements in the United States that claim that a kind of culture that tolerates racial discrimination currently prevails, but that this is the moment in history to break with that tolerance.

In an official statement released by the UN, Bachelet set out a four-point agenda for racial justice and equality and urged UN member governments to implement it immediately.

Former Chilean socialist president, Bachelet’s recommendations are in line with the typical demands of leftist organizations such as BLM, based on Karl Marx’s theory of class struggle, through which they claim that the black race continues today to be oppressed by whites and to use the police system as a tool of power in their favor.

The four points include reparations for historical racism and government funding for groups like BLM, as a starting point for addressing a problem that she says knows no boundaries or borders.

Her report also identifies a “longstanding need to confront the legacies of slavery, the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism, and to seek restorative justice.”

Clearly Bachelet’s discourse is permeated by the narrative that seeks to “do justice” today by taking facts from past history, to vindicate and “take action” in the current scenario, which has little to do with that of yesteryear. 

“The status quo is unsustainable,” said Bachelet, after presenting a 23-page report, whose conclusions on racism come from some alleged 340 interviews, mostly of African descent, and experts; more than 100 written contributions, including from governments; and review of public material.

“The Black Lives Matter movement and other civil society groups led by people of African descent have provided grassroots leadership by listening to communities,” Bachelet said. “They are also providing people with the necessary agency and empowerment that allows them to claim their human rights. Such efforts should receive funding, public recognition and support.”

Bachelet’s support for BLM’s organization comes almost simultaneously with a deep institutional crisis marring the organization over serious cases of corruption and embezzlement. 

After the unexpected resignation of one of BLM’s co-founders, Patrisse Cullor, different organization branches throughout the country have expressed their disagreement with the movement’s leaders and demanded greater transparency and accountability in their actions and directives. The claims and resignations of leaders have exposed the institutional crisis faced by the group.

Although many of the conflicts are not new, they exploded recently after the resignation of Cullor, who was involved in a scandal after being accused of buying millionaire mansions in luxury neighborhoods during the last months.

In this context, a sort of subgroup called BLM 10 Plus, which refers to the 10 original BLM sites and other new ones that emerged later, has come out against BLM Global Network Foundation (BLMGN) and its directors.  Through the statement, BLM 10 Plus demands a detailed “accountability” from BLMGN and its co-founder Patrisse Cullor.

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