CHANGSHA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- A seminar on structural racism in Western countries was held Wednesday in the central Chinese city of Changsha.
A China side event of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the seminar was hosted by the China Society for Human Rights Studies and participated in by nearly 30 experts from various countries.
The experts discussed the origins and impacts of structural racism in Western countries and explored viable ways to eliminate many forms of racism.
Mao Junxiang, executive director of Central South University Human Rights Center, said politicians, political parties, media, research institutions, and other social elites in the United States and other Western countries control the production and dissemination of public discourse. He said they play a dominant role in the emergence of racist culture.
Wang Yuting, an associate researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the abysmal records of the U.S. in racism have exposed its hypocrisy as the so-called "human rights defender."
Brij Mohan, Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Work of Louisiana State University, said a failed society is a dysfunctional organization of broken institutions that breed extremist ideologies of racism, discrimination, carnage, and terror.
He called for efforts to eliminate the harmful structures and root causes that impede freedom and justice and rationalize and modernize public policies.
Nita Mishra, Chair of the Development Studies Association of Ireland, urged a concerted effort to combat new forms of racism. ■