A large group of United Nations human rights “monitors” decided to exploit the horrific killing of George Floyd at the hands of now ex-officer Derek Chauvin by accusing the United States of “systemic racism that produces state-sponsored racial violence, and licenses impunity for this violence.” These self-righteous blowhards asserted in their “Statement on the Protests against Systemic Racism in the United States” that “the problem is not a few bad apples, but instead the problem is the very way that economic, political and social life are structured in a country that prides itself in liberal democracy, and with the largest economy in the world.” They might as well have been on Joe Biden’s payroll as they accused President Trump of “using language directly associated with racial segregationists from the nation’s past” and threatening “more state violence.”
Sadly, every country has its share of racists including, no doubt, the UN monitors’ own countries of origin. The United States is no exception. However, there is no “systemic racism” in the United States. Far from it. Americans elected an African-American as president twice with the strong support of white Americans. Major U.S. cities that have experienced both protests and riots in recent days have black mayors or police commissioners.
The good cops who put their lives on the line every day far outnumber the rogue cops. According to data for 2019 as compiled in a “mapping police violence” database, police killed 28 unarmed blacks. Of course, each case should be thoroughly investigated and the officers responsible held accountable for any wrongdoing. However, some perspective is needed here. In 2015, during the Obama administration, the number of police killings of unarmed blacks had reached 78, which is 2.78 times the 2019 number. The number of unarmed whites killed by police in 2019 was 51. In 2015, the number was 91, which is 1.57 times the 2019 number. The trend line since 2015 is down for police killings of unarmed blacks and whites, but the downward trend for police killings of unarmed blacks is more pronounced. Also, it is worth noting that, according to statistics reported to the FBI, nearly six times as many white law enforcement officers (40) were killed as a result of felonious acts in line-of-duty incidents in 2019 than black officers (7).
“The protests the world is witnessing, are a rejection of the fundamental racial inequality and discrimination that characterize life in the United States for black people, and other people of color,” the UN human rights monitors declared in their statement. But their monitoring failed to distinguish between legitimate peaceful protests, which President Trump has supported, and the violence besetting cities across the United States perpetrated by extremists and opportunistic thieves.
What are U.S. law enforcement officers sworn to protect the lives and properties of innocent Americans supposed to do in the face of vicious attacks that threaten their own lives? According to the authors of the UN “Statement on the Protests against Systemic Racism in the United States,” they shouldn’t accept any assistance offered by President Trump. That would amount to “more state violence,” they declared. What is the monitors’ solution instead? “Reparative intervention for historical and contemporary racial injustice is urgent, and required by international human rights law,” they wrote. By “reparative intervention” they mean paying reparations as penance for all the past “sins” of whites against blacks going back to the first white slaveholder in the 17th century. A more accurate name for such payments is protection money: whites must pay up or their so-called “white privilege” institutions will be destroyed and their own lives and property will be in danger.
Tendayi Achiume (pictured above), the UN’s Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, is the first signatory of the UN human rights monitors’ “Statement on the Protests against Systemic Racism in the United States.” Her writings provide an example of the hatred for the United States harbored by so-called UN human rights “experts” who also hate Israel.
In an article that Achiume wrote, for example, explaining why she thinks the U.S. and other western countries must admit any economic migrants who want to live in their countries, Achiume said: “As a sovereign or super-sovereign within neocolonial empire, I posit that the United States has no right to exclude Third World migrants.” In short, the United States must pay penance for its alleged past sins against not only African-Americans but against third world people everywhere who must be allowed to freely enter the U.S. if they wish. In Achiume’s words, “The ‘illegals’ much reviled in First World national immigration discourse are the harbingers of an imperial reckoning that cannot be delayed for much longer, even in the United States.”
Michael Lynk, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, is another signatory of the UN human rights monitors’ “Statement on the Protests against Systemic Racism in the United States.” Lynk not only hates Israel, which he regularly demonizes and tries to delegitimize. Three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Lynk paid lip service to condemning the attacks and then immediately pinned responsibility on the West for policies that he believes provoke a terrorist response. “Growing global inequalities, disregard by Western nations for the international rule of law, and inequitable regional alliances are serious problems that breed these kinds of acts,” Lynk declared.
Here is my message to Achiume, Lynk, and the other UN “monitors.” Butt out. As the world’s oldest existing constitutional democratic republic, the United States continues progressing towards achieving its aspiration of “a more perfect union” for all Americans. American history exemplifies the obstacles and the triumphs along the way, but the arc is towards more equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law. The United States is perfectly capable of taking care of itself without outside UN interference.
Minnesota’ attorney general, Keith Ellison, who is black, has taken over the prosecution in the killing of George Floyd. The now ex-cop Derek Chauvin, who was responsible for killing George Floyd by using his knee to pin Floyd to the ground for nearly nine minutes, is now facing upgraded charges of murder. The other officers who stood by and watched have also been charged with aiding and abetting murder. The Department of Justice and FBI are investigating as a top priority the circumstances of the killing for possible federal prosecutions in the case.
Police abuse in the United States is the exception, not the rule. Nevertheless, abuse against any civilian of whatever race or background by any law enforcement officer cannot go unpunished. Federal, state, and local governments are determined to address the problem with more reforms, training, and guaranteed accountability. As President Trump said, “Equal justice under the law must mean that every American receives equal treatment in every encounter with law enforcement, regardless of race, color, gender or creed, they have to receive fair treatment from law enforcement. They have to receive it.”
Peaceful protesters in this country deserve protection of their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and to peaceful assembly. Hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrating in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing have received such protection as they continue their daily marches across the country. The police by and large have shown remarkable restraint under very trying circumstances. No military troops have been deployed to stop the peaceful marchers. However, when anger turns from peaceful protest to mob violence that harms innocent people, including African-Americans who have seen their places of business destroyed, the First Amendment no longer applies to their actions. Responsible government leaders must draw the line. This is the key distinction that Russia, China, Iran, and other despotic regimes ignore. Insulting government leaders in those countries are major crimes resulting in serious jail time. These regimes kill, torture, and imprison peaceful dissenters.
The United States’ exceptional strength as a constitutional democratic republic is its openness to public criticism, including most especially to peaceful protests that have led, during the nation’s history, to positive social and institutional change. Sometimes, this process can look messy, but in the United States it remains alive and well as long as it is not hijacked by violent rioters and looters. UN human rights “experts” from countries with far worse systems of government and economies than the United States detest Western liberalism. These enemies of free societies under the rule of law must be ignored.