Michelle Bachelet is feeling penitent. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights wants countries to do more to end violence and systemic racism against people of African descent. She has published a report based on findings from roughly 60 countries where concerns about racial injustice have impacted the lives of black people across the world. 

So far, so good. Yet while the report claims to offer a global perspective on racial injustice, it would appear to have one particular country in mind. The study began not long after George Floyd, an unarmed black man was murdered by a white policeman in Minnesota. Citing this as “a seminal point in the fight against racism”, the report leans heavily on examples drawn from North America. From an analysis of 190 incidents of police involvement in the death of people of African descent, most are drawn from the United States.