Wednesday's HOT MIC
Well, that does it. I am completely chagrined. A United Nations committee has issued an "early warning" to the US because, well, racism.
The warning specifically refers to events last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the civil rights activist Heather Heyer was killed when a car rammed into a group of people protesting against a white nationalist rally.
Such statements are usually issued by the United Nations committee on the elimination of racial discrimination (Cerd) over fears of ethnic or religious conflict. In the past decade, the only other countries issued with early warnings have been Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria.
The United States has been warned under the procedure in the past when Cerd raised the issue of land rights conflicts with the Western Shoshone indigenous peoples in 2006.
“We are alarmed by the racist demonstrations, with overtly racist slogans, chants and salutes by white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan, promoting white supremacy and inciting racial discrimination and hatred,” said Anastasia Crickley, chair of the committee.
Cerd has obviously never seen a Black Lives Matter demonstration. I guess "Pigs in a blanket. Fry 'em like bacon" and other examples of eliminationist rhetoric aimed at police and white people doesn't count as "racism."
We should thank the UN for their vigilance. Of course, other nations have been far more blatant in demonstrating their racism. Things are so bad in Russia that concerns have been raised about racial violence directed against black athletes and fans at the World Cup to be held there next year.
Racism is a scourge that is not endemic to any one country, region, or race, for that matter. Far more than any other nation - and considering where we started from as far as race relations are concerned - the US has made gigantic progress in wiping that scourge from our shores. The few haters who are left make a lot of noise but have zero power. They have become notorious lately because we have a president too stupid to banish them from the public square and a press eager to use them as a club to smear that same president.
But thanks for the warning, UN. Now, about North Korea...