"For the United States to be a credible force of human rights around the world, we have to face the realities of racism and hatred here at home," Blinken said in a video produced by the State Department. "We can't sweep our shortcomings under the rug or pretend they don't exist. We need to face them openly and honestly. Even if that's ugly. Even if that's painful. That's how we live up to our values and how we are able to effectively stand up for them worldwide."
"Today and always, let's commit to accountability, healing, and doing the concrete work of advancing equity and justice for all," Blinken concluded.