Through The Static

May 22, 2008

U.N. To Investigate Racism in America

Filed under: Culture,Fanon,Grassholes,Race,World News — disciplepete @ 8:03 am

The U.N. is sending an observer to the U.S. to investigate what role racism plays in the lives of Americans. From Black Agenda Report:

Doudou Diene, United Nations Special Rapporteur on racism, will visit the United States for three weeks in order to “. . . gather first-hand information on issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.” Diene is a Senegalese attorney and his role is mandated by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. His United States visit is just one of many that he has made all over the world and will result in a report to be released to the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2009.

Mr. Diene has his work cut out for him. Three weeks isn’t enough time to examine the depths of racism in this country. Diene can investigate police brutality and the deaths of people like New Yorker Sean Bell. He can investigate the increased numbers of deportations that have torn families apart. He can look into the policies that have made America the nation with the greatest percentage of its population behind bars. He can investigate why half of those incarcerated persons are black. The theft of what little wealth black people had before the subprime mortgage crisis is another subject he might want to investigate. So much injustice, and only three weeks to find it all…

Diene’s timing is quite auspicious. Barack Obama’s political rise has worsened the climate for frank discussions about racism. The strategy of Obama supporters, be quiet and let him win, eliminates much needed acknowledgement of the sad state of black America. The unemployment rates, incarceration rates, and high school drop out rates have already been taken off the table in an effort to give one man his dream job and fulfill the well intended but dangerous dreams of millions of others.




  1. BAHAHAHA. so now GrassHoles is a CATEGORY?

    pete doggles, you have SEEN the LIGHT. And it is green.

    I find it interesting that the UN is investigating race in America — and no, 3 weeks is not enough to gather the complexity and how far-reaching it really is, but it’s enough to give an idea and general understanding that we’ll be needing more than an investigation to reverse or adequately combat any of this.

    That said — for what concrete purposes do we really need the UN investigating racism in America? Not an accusation, but a genuine question of curiosity.

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — May 22, 2008 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  2. haha hey I can’t fight the grasshole movement.

    Ya, I mean a U.N. report is not gonna overthrow the system or anything. I think what it does (if indeed it does find racism to be a serious problem) is help legitimize the arguments of people of color and others who say that racism is a serious problem. It might help change a few minds, that’s probably about it. I don’t want to discount that though…I’m a firm believer that what needs change the most is people’s minds and perceptions, and even changing one person’s mind would be good.

    Comment by disciplepete — May 22, 2008 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  3. OMFGZ — u added that picture of grass!!! Bahahahaha! u think that’ll up the stats?!

    Comment by bobbleheadedbob — May 22, 2008 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  4. hahah I dunno, it was just an experiment to see what happens…if the people want grass, then I will give it to them!!

    Comment by disciplepete — May 22, 2008 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

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