Fine Gael MEP says systemic racism is not just an American issue

MEPs in the European Parliament will vote later today on a resolution condemning the death of George Floyd.
Fine Gael MEP says systemic racism is not just an American issue
The Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh said there is much to be done to tackle racism in European society.
The Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh said there is much to be done to tackle racism in European society.

MEPs in the European Parliament will vote later today on a resolution condemning the death of George Floyd.

The 46 year old African American died after a police officer kneeled on his neck during an arrest last month in the United States.

The vote follows debate on the matter in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh said this kind of discrimination is not just an American issue.

Ms Walsh said: "We are denying ourselves the understanding if we think this is just an American problem.

"You don't have to look around the European parliament hearing people from all sides of the house to look at the fact that less than 10% of our elected officials are of colour.

"That is not a true reflection to the European Union that we live in.

"It was frustrating to me to hear in the plenary some members not seeing this as a problem within our institutions."

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