Tuesday, June 29, 2021

UN Reports asks for African Reparations

The NY Times reports:
GENEVA — The United Nations human rights chief urged nations to take action to root out systemic racism against people of African descent on Monday, as she released a report calling for measures to dismantle discrimination and for sweeping changes to policing, as well as reparations.

“The status quo is untenable,” Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement. “Systemic racism needs a systemic response. There is today a momentous opportunity to achieve a turning point for racial equality and justice.”

The 20-page report and an accompanying 95-page conference paper draw on evidence from 60 countries. …

“We could not find a single example of a state that has fully reckoned with the past or comprehensively accounted for the impacts on the lives of people of African descent today,” said Mona Rishmawi, who supervised the preparation of the report. …

I agree with that last point. No country accounts for the impact of people of African descent.

The report recommends:

20.States should collect and make publicly available comprehensive data disaggregated by race or ethnic origin, as well as by sex and other factors, with strict safeguards and in accordance with international human rights law.34 Additionally, States should analyse the cumulative effects of laws, policies and practices on specific racial and ethnic groups.
If they did that, they would document the incredible destruction caused by Blacks. An honest accounting would result in Blacks owing Whites trillions of dollars in reparations.

Some people say that Whites profited from Black slavery, centuries ago. But there is little evidence of that. The poorest states are the ones that had the most slaves. American Blacks are much better off than their relatives in Africa. It appears to me that slavery benefited Blacks much more than Whites. Nothing in this UN report refutes the idea.

But I could be wrong. We need a systematic accounting to find out.

Detroit went from being a White city to a Black city. When the Blacks took over the city, did they make it better or worse? An accounting should answer that question.

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