In a report that feels as though it could have been written by any liberal Democrat in Washington, three U.N. human rights experts savagely criticized the United States for its treatment of African-Americans. The trio, made up of law professor Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, Filipino human rights attorney Ricardo Sunga and South African law expert Sabelo Gumedze, concluded their trip to the U.S. with scathing condemnation.
In their initial statement, the three U.N. delegates said that the current environment of police shootings was “reminiscent of the racial terror lynching of the past.” Again and again, they made these comparisons, insisting that America had not come far from the days of slavery and black oppression. How is that possible, you ask? Wouldn’t it be obvious even to worldly liberals such as these that there is no situation in modern America that can even broadly be compared to slavery?
No, because they’ve decided that blacks going to jail for crimes they committed is the same as being born into chains. “The devastating impact of the ‘war on drugs’ has led to mass incarceration and is compared to enslavement, due to exploitation and dehumanization of African Americans,” they said.
Look, there’s no question that there were problems with the way our justice system handled the drug crisis, but it has been and will always be ludicrous to treat these failed policies as if they originated in racism. Were blacks disproportionately thrown in prison for drug offenses? What if they were? Unless there emerges evidence that a substantial portion of those convictions were baseless, you can’t judge intent by outcome. Ronald Reagan never held a gun to a black person’s head and forced him to smoke crack.
Incarceration aside, the UN experts advised the U.S. to add more slavery education to the school system and to erect more monuments in memory of slavery. It is apparently their opinion that we have forgotten slavery. It seems to escape their attention that we literally have it shoved in our face on a daily basis. Not that we should forget our nation’s past, but what good does it do us to continually judge the lives we live today by the sins of people long dead?
Well, apparently we’re not just supposed to wallow in the evils of old, we’re supposed to do something about it. The three U.N. delegates called on Congress to pass legislation that would study reparation proposals. The bill, which has been languishing in the House for a year, would launch a commission investigation into “appropriate remedies” for slavery.
Did these three individuals have a chance to meet the president of the United States by any chance? Were they blindfolded at the time? Just wondering.