Title

The State of (In)visible Black Europe: Race, Rights, and Politics

Tuesday, April 29, 2008
10:00am
318B Senate Office Building
Washington, DC
United States
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Alcee Hastings
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. G.K. Butterfield
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Christopher Smith
Title Text: 
Ranking Member
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Barbara Lee
Title Text: 
Member of Congress
Body: 
House of Representatives
Name: 
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick
Title Text: 
Member of Congress
Body: 
House of Representatives
Name: 
Hon. Donald Payne
Title Text: 
Member of Congress
Body: 
House of Representatives
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Hon. David Kramer
Title: 
Executive Branch Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Body: 
Department of State
Name: 
Joe Frans
Title: 
Vice Chair
Body: 
United Nations Working Group on People of African Descent, and former Swedish Parliamentarian
Name: 
Gary Younge
Title: 
British Columnist
Body: 
The Guardian Newspaper
Name: 
Dr. Philomena Essed
Title: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Antioch University, the Netherlands, Equal Treatment Commission
Name: 
Dr. Allison Blakely
Title: 
Author and Historian
Body: 
Boston University
Name: 
Dr. Clarence Lusane
Title: 
International Race Politcs Author
Body: 
American University

This hearing highlighted the racism and discrimination faced by Black Europeans.  Witnesses discussed the contributions Blacks have made to Europe and the root causes of this racism and discrimination, particularly the role of the colonial dynamic.  Witnesses and Commissioners mentioned the parallel between the United States and discussed how Europe could learn from America’s experiences fighting similar problems.

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