It’s more than a little irritating that the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has issued preliminary findings for a planned report that calls the United States a deeply racist country and demands reparations for slavery.
The working group spent 11 days talking to black activists from around the country, then dropped its preliminary findings late on a Friday, the classic maneuver of politicians and bureaucrats who don’t want to get into the news cycle.
Group chairwoman Mireille Fanon Mendes-France of France said the group was “extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African-Americans.”
According to the Associated Press, Mendes-France said, “The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the U.S. remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent.”
Michael Brown — the thug who tried to beat a police officer and take his gun, then got fatally shot when he came back for more — was once again offered up for sainthood, with Mendes-France comparing his shooting to post-Civil War lynchings.
She said, “Contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the racial terror lynchings in the past. Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”
Human rights … crisis? Did she really say crisis?
Yes, she did.
I don’t have much use for the United Nations. It’s a bloated, overbearing, foreign bureaucracy that somehow siphons U.S. taxpayers’ money and sticks its nose where it doesn’t belong while ignoring real problems in which it should intervene.
Around the world, the United Nations has a tendency to ignore racism, genocide and war where certain members — mostly Islamic and socialist/communist — are concerned.
In a world where ISIS is raping and beheading its way through Christian towns, where Iran is still working on a nuke (by its own admission), where millions labor under the yoke of communism, a U.N. bureaucrat sees a human rights crisis in the United States.
Other group members, none of whom are from the U.S., expressed worries about the number of blacks in prison.
“It’s very easy in the United States for African-Americans to be imprisoned, and that was very concerning,” said Sabelo Gumedze of South Africa.
If you call identifying, catching, booking and winning a conviction easy, then yeah, it’s “easy.”
The simple fact is that blacks commit a disproportionate number of crimes for their representation in the general population. For example, according to the Department of Justice, while representing only 13 percent of the overall population, blacks committed about half the murders in the country between 1980 and 2008.
It’s even more mind-blowing when you realize that black males between 15 and 34 are responsible for the majority of black-committed crimes, while representing only 3 percent of the overall population.
The notion that blacks are more vulnerable to being killed by police is also a myth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2003 and 2013, 1,130 blacks died from being shot by police, compared to 2,151 whites.
Racial activists like to say that’s normal that more whites would be shot because they represent a larger chunk of the population. That doesn’t hold up, however, because despite their respective population sizes, whites and blacks commit very roughly similar numbers of crimes, which means the number of deaths by police shooting should be similar.
Because blacks are a smaller population, the chances that a young black person will be killed in a shooting by police is higher than for a young white person. But when you look at who’s actually committing crimes, whites are nearly twice as likely as blacks to be killed by police.
The group said, “Past injustices and crimes against African-Americans need to be addressed with reparatory justice.”
The United States long ago addressed past injustices by fighting a bloody Civil War.
We paid reparations, too. It’s called freedom, and we should all be thankful a whole lot of people gave up their lives so we could have it.