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Racism full blown in US: Diplomat blasts America’s broken racial divide

Maria Zakharova noted that the problem is racism is typical of not only American society but "is beginning to brew in other, allied, countries"

MOSCOW, June 7. /TASS/. Racism has become a full blown problem in the United States and its scope is impossible to hide, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.

Zakharova homed in on racial discrimination in the United States as the second biggest heap of systematic problems that the Western world faces right after unsolved health problems, in addition to a lack of unity in Western countries, and social and logistical problems.

 "The second big chunk [of dilemmas] is <...> the problem of racism in Western society, first of all, in the United States of America, which has become full blown," she emphasized in an interview with the Vecher (Evening) with Vladimir Solovyov program on the Rossiya-1 television channel. "The scope of this evil cannot be concealed."

According to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in order to "somehow preserve the reputation, image, the very part for foreign consumption that they [the United States of America] have been offering to other countries all the time, the US sets up " local regional "clamor", like some sort of information movements. “Zakharova added that the problem of racism is present not only in American society, but it is also" beginning to seep into other countries, that is, into the allies of the United States.”

Widespread unrest has engulfed many US states over the death of an African-American Minneapolis man named George Floyd, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck and choked him to death during his arrest. On May 26, all officers involved in the deadly arrest were fired. On May 29, the policeman in question, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. However, on June 3, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison upped the charge against Chauvin to second-degree murder. The three other officers involved in the fatal incident were arrested as well and are now facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. To counter the riots, local law enforcement is often supported by the National Guard.

Following the United States, protests have erupted in many other world nations.