Frank Watkins


There is no question whether the Bank's institutionalized, widespread and sustained racial discrimination and systemic denial of due process against an entire group of people is a crime. Whether it is a crime against a group of people or a crime against humanity may be debatable in theory. But in practice, the difference is indistinguishable to the victims.


The Ethiopian was a widely praised deputy global manager of a high-profile international program at the World Bank. His problem started when he applied to become the global manager of the program. Despite his stellar performance, the Bank "advised" him not to apply because "Europeans are not used to seeing a black man in a position of power" and would not accept him.