Saturday, February 28, 2009

Say It Ain't So Barack: The U.S. Gov't Boycotts Upcoming United Nations Conference On Racism?

So lemme get this straight: The United States of America runs to the United Nations to plead its case against Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction to gain support to stop the threat of terror. But now today, they're going to boycott an upcoming United Nations conference which focuses on stopping racism?

And why?

The United States has decided to boycott an upcoming UN conference on racism unless its final document is changed to drop all references to Israel.

The Conference Against Racism, to be held in Geneva in April, is a follow-up to the conference held in the South African town of Durban in 2001.

On Friday, a US delegation taking part in the preparatory talks in Geneva, said the draft resolution was unacceptable.

The US and Israeli delegations walked out of the 2001 meeting in protest against the resolution which likened Zionism - the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state - to racism.

Israel and Canada have already announced they will boycott the conference, which is known as Durban II.

'Not salvageable'

According to Robert Wood, the US state department spokesman, the "document being negotiated has gone from bad to worse, and the current text of the draft outcome document is not salvageable.

"A conference based on this text would be a missed opportunity to speak clearly about the persistent problem of racism."

Wood said the US would not participate in the conference unless its final statement does not criticise any one country or conflict.

The US also did not want the document to take up the issue of reparations for slavery, which was another hot topic in the Durban 2001 conference.


Did you read that? If you clicked the link and read the entire article, you'd also see that this conference as been labeled as anti-Semitic by leading Jewish organizations. So lemme guess: its ok for the U.S. Gov't, to have a department within the FBI who to this day, still hunts Nazi war criminals on U.S. soil, but it's anti-Semitic to have a conference discussing racism because it may include talks of reparations, and Zionism?

Maybe I'm wrong, but didn't Jews receive reparations from Germany after the Jewish Holocaust?

Maybe I'm naive, but wouldn't it seem that the group of people who forever force people to never forget about what happened in Germany would be in full support of a conference which, well, could possibly use their story as a backdrop to discuss the injustice that racism creates all over the world?

But then again, could it be that there is some Jewish guilt surrounding the issue?

What are you talking about RiPPa? Oh lord don't tell me your racist ass is at it again?!!

Well, instead of me talking about it, I'll just throw to this next video. The video is of a speech given by Professor Tony Martin, a scholar and professor of African American History at Wellesley College. Oh yeah, and if you're wondering about his accent, like me, he's originally from Trinidad & Tobago.

The video itself shows the role played by Jews in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. Not only that, the introduction to the presentation shows the religious context used in rabbinic law (i.e. the Old Testament) to justify slavery, or what most refer to as the Hamitic Curse.

Now, I'll end this post by asking...

Do you think the U.S. Gov't is right to boycott this upcoming conference?



uglyblackjohn said...

Most people don't have a problem with oppression - they only have a problem with being oppressed."
(-Jessie Jackson)

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