Pope Francis condemns racism, compares it to ‘virus’ that mutates and hides

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned racism, comparing it to a “virus” that changes and persists throughout time.

“Racism is a virus that quickly mutates and, instead of disappearing, goes into hiding, and lurks in waiting,” he wrote on his official twitter handle.

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“Instances of racism continue to shame us, for they show that our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive as we think.”

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The Pope’s tweet is coming on a day that the United Nations marks as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

On Saturday, thousands of people gathered for a “Stop Asian Hate” rally in response to the attack on Tuesday during which Robert Aaron Long, 21, was charged with murder for targeting three Asian-owned spas in the Atlanta area.

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The annual U.N. commemoration on March 21 falls on the anniversary of the day that police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid laws in 1960.

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