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U.S. Defends Itself From Charges Of Racism By United Nations

Posted by Job on February 22, 2008

Now I bash America as much as the next guy, but the truth is that America by far has less racism, tribalism, and classism than any country on the planet. (As far as sexism goes, I have not investigated the matter, but any country that claims to be less sexist than America I say prove it.) A lot of the people that leave America on account of its alleged racism and go to places like Britain, France, and Africa … well those people are high income leftist elites, usually artists and intellectuals. Most of them will NEVER admit that rank and file blacks have much less opportunity in those countries than in America. They pretend otherwise because those countries are controlled by the left politically (and in America they would be the far left, the Green Party, the conservative parties in most countries would be Hillary Clinton Democrats in this one). The only reason why the U.N. keeps charging the U.S. with internal racism is because it serves the interests of international socialism. It has nothing to do with the actual plight of black people, because if they really cared about black people they would talk about how if you are black in France, Germany, England, etc. you mostly just sit on welfare because you can’t get a job. These folks are basically just using racism as an excuse to attack America for not being a secular socialist nation.

By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters GENEVA

The United States, in the dock at a U.N. forum accused of racial discrimination, said on Thursday it was combating hate crimes such as displays of hangman’s nooses as well as police brutality against minorities. A U.S. delegation defended Washington’s record at the start of a two-day debate at the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The committee’s 18 independent experts grilled U.S. officials on issues including racial profiling in the wake of the September 11 attacks, police brutality against minorities, and the high proportion of African-Americans on death row. “We note that sadly, racial discrimination exists all over the world, including the United States,” Grace Chung Becker, acting assistant attorney-general at the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division, told the meeting.

“The United States is committed to continuing its hard work to combat racial discrimination,” she declared. Substantial progress had been made over the years in addressing disparities in housing, education, employment and health care, according to a U.S. report submitted to the body. Last year, the United States launched a “racial threats initiative” to facilitate investigations of nooses and other racially-motivated threats around the country, Becker said.

It was prosecuting a case involving nooses hung from the back of a truck which circled around a group of peaceful civil rights demonstrators waiting at a bus stop, she added. U.S. President George W. Bush last week condemned as “deeply offensive” a spate of incidents involving hangman’s nooses, a potent symbol of racist lynchings and hatred of blacks.

Some 47 states have laws against hate crimes, which they actively enforce, according to the U.S. delegation on Thursday. U.S. officials had investigated more than 800 racially-motivated incidents against people perceived to be Arab, Muslim, Sikh or South Asian since the September 11 attacks.

Despite a drop in the number and seriousness of such crimes, identifying and prosecuting them remained a priority. The Bush administration had been “the first to issue racial profiling guidelines for federal law enforcement officers and remains committed to the elimination of unlawful racial profiling by law enforcement agencies,” Becker said.

Linos-Alexander Sicilianos, the U.N. committee’s rapporteur on the United States, replied that instead of ending the practice, the government appeared to be giving guidance to police to show them how to carry out racial profiling. He also cited “overwhelming evidence” of police brutality against racial and ethnic minorities, including African- Americans, Latinos, Arabs and Muslims.

Experts also raised questions on the rights of Native Americans, the disproportionate number of people of color in prison, juveniles serving life sentences without parole, and the estimated 5.3 million felons who have lost their voting rights. The American Civil Liberties Union, in its own shadow report issued earlier this week, blasted what it called “the persistent structural racism and inequality” in the country.

The U.N. committee upholds compliance with a 1965 treaty ratified by 173 countries including the United States. It is to issue its findings on seven countries on March 7.

(Editing by Andrew Roche)

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