By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations experts grilled U.S. officials on Wednesday about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities in jobs, housing, education and the criminal justice system. "Stand Your Ground" laws, a controversial self-defense law in some 22 U.S. states, use of force by police against migrants, and FBI racial profiling were also raised by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The first review of the U.S. record since 2008, which continues on Thursday, happened to follow the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri on Saturday and subsequent violent protests. High levels of gun violence in the United States have a disparate impact on minorities, Noureddine Amir, committee vice chairman, told the talks. African Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, but 50 percent of homicide victims, he said. "African American males are reportedly seven times more likely to die by firearm homicide than their white counterparts," he said. "I understand that these disparities arise from factors such as subconscious racial bias in shootings, the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws and the existence of predominantly African American and economically depressed neighborhoods with escalated levels of violence," he said. U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper, who led a 30-member delegation, said the multi-racial and multi-ethnic democracy had made "great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination". "Thirty years ago, the idea of having an African-American president would not have seemed possible. Today it is a reality," Harper, a Native American of the Cherokee Nation, told the panel of 18 independent experts. "While we have made visible progress that is reflected in the leadership of our society, we recognize that we have much left to do." STAND YOUR GROUND Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old boy shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the session. His son's case was cited by panel member Pastor Elias Murillo Martinez. "Seventy percent of people who claim Stand Your Ground get off (are not convicted) in Florida. Two people who confront each other have 'no duty to retreat', it's like the Wild Wild West," Davis told Reuters. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012, said in testimony to the panel on Tuesday that his killer considered Trayvon a threat because of his skin color. Minorities and youth in particular are unfairly treated by U.S. law enforcement officials and the courts, Amir said. William Bell, mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, and a member of the U.S. delegation, noted that it was 50 years since the landmark Civil Rights Bill was passed, ending legal segregation. "Having been born into a segregated society, having seen all of the changes that have occurred over the past 50 years, primarily through the work of brave men and women who sacrificed and put their lives on the line, I know that change can come." (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Ralph Boulton)
An Arizona grandmother and food delivery driver used her final moments to help police catch her suspected killer, authorities say. Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, was able to snap a photo of the man believed to have shot her to death along West Bell Road on Saturday, June 11, shortly after she had completed her last food delivery for the night. Rusty French, 62, is now facing charges of second-degree murder in Martinez’s death after investigators found the tell-tale photo on the woman’s phone, accordin
- Shadow and Act
'The View': Whoopi Goldberg Sends Warning To Clarence Thomas Amid Roe Rollback: 'He Better Hope That They Don't Come For You' With Loving
Whoopi Goldberg has a stern warning for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, saying that a Roe rollback could res
Stars arrived at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 2022 BET Awards celebrating Black...
- USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Wolff will be joined by former PGA Tour winner Carlos Ortiz in this week's LIV event outside of Portland, Oregon, its first tourney in U.S.
Y’all this is so hot.
- Yahoo Celebrity
Ben Affleck's son Samuel, 10, is "fine" after a very close call in a Lamborghini. Ben and Jennifer Lopez were there as it played out.
- Women's Health
'Mad Men' star January Jones posted a photo in her underwear showing off her super sculpted abs and long, nude legs post knee surgery. She does Lagree workouts.
- The Daily Beast
Fox NewsKari Lake, the Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona governor, was far from happy on Monday when Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked her about a report that linked her to drag queens.The interview, which was fairly tame on Baier’s end, began with Lake falsely claiming that the 2020 election was “fraudulent” and that President Joe Biden is “illegitimate.” Baier responded by playing a tape of Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testifying before the House Jan. 6 committee last week that the ele
- Tacoma News Tribune
Traps are currently being deployed in areas of infestation, marked by a bright orange buoy.
What may have been Colin Kaepernick’s last shot at a National Football League job didn’t go very well, according to Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. Speaking to urban news site VladTV, Sapp didn’t hold back when Kaepernick’s May workout with the Las Vegas Raiders came up in conversation. The VladTV host mentioned that there were […]
- E! News
Eight months after Chris Pratt faced criticism for a message dedicated to Katherine Schwarzenegger, thanking her for their "gorgeous, healthy daughter," the actor is sharing his tearful response.
Celebrities dressed up for the BET Awards Sunday in Los Angeles. Lizzo dazzled in a feathery gown, while Saucy Santana wore furry neon boots.
Khloé Kardashian posted a boomerang of herself on Instagram posing in a high-cut baby pink bikini from Good American, and we found the exact one to shop now.
- Yahoo Sports Canada
Valeri Nichushkin battled through some serious pain in his pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
Mono mono twins are very rare. One mom shared a her success story after finding out she was pregnant with mono mono twins.
- In The Know by Yahoo
Woman enrages family with response to aunt’s ‘intrusive’ marriage question: ‘No one should’ve been offended’
The aunt felt humiliated by the incident.
- USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow shared an Instagram post that read, "I'm pro-life. Their lives. Women's lives."
- LA Times
WNBA star seen in Russian court for one of the first times in four months
The Prince of Wales made headlines after a Sunday Times investigation revealed that Charles accepted bags of cash from a Qatari politician years ago.
Dakota Johnson Opens Up About How ‘Psychotic’ It Was Making 'Fifty Shades' and Jamie Dornan Feud Rumors
Seven years after the release of the first 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie, Dakota Johnson is ready to be honest about how challenging it was to make the films.