Discord at UN World Conference on Racism

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Officials from around the world are gathering in South Africa for the United Nations' conference on racism. The Bush administration has decided against sending the first African American Secretary of State, concerned that the conference could become a forum for raising issues of slavery reparations or to condemn Israel. We look at the bitter debates facing conference-goers as they grapple with global and grassroots racism, and ask what message the US gives by sending a low-level bureaucrat to the high-profile international summit, with human rights activists and former White House officials. (Dana Reinhardt, of PBS' Frontline, guest hosts.)
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Associated Press

Human Rights Watch

New America Foundation


South African Broadcasting Corporation

UN Conference on Racism

UN High Commission for Human Rights

US State Department

Action for Children's Television

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood



Warren Olney