UN URGED TO ACT ON U.S. SYSTEMIC RACISM
June 8, 2020, Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Attorney for the George Floyd family, issued an urgent request for the United Nations to investigate the torture and killing of Mr. Floyd. He also requested that the UN help push the U.S. for autopsies for every extrajudicial police killing to “stop further human rights abuses,” including African-American slayings. In a press release, Crump stated that the United States “has a long pattern and practice of depriving Black citizens of the fundamental human right to life.”
June 15, 2020, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council accepted Mr. Crump’s challenge, by announcing it would hold a meeting at the UN to discuss systemic racism and police brutality in the US.
The UN doesn’t exactly have a stellar reputation for settling wars wrought by domestic issues. April 2, 1994, marked the beginning of the Rwandan genocide between two tribal groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis. For one-hundred days, somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Tutsi were killed while UN Peacekeeping forces, who without a mandate to stop the killing, helplessly looked on at the slaughter. Another classic example of the UN’s ineffectiveness is their inability to settle the 45-year dispute between a leftist group, the Polisario Front, and Morocco over Western Sahara.
The subliminal message behind Mr. Crump’s request is simple. Mr. Crump believes the United States is inadequate to handle its domestic issues when it comes to racism, and the United States does not have adequate police protection or the legal system to handle racism. As a result, he solicits help from a global organization like the UN by asking for implementation of the UN’s global laws without the approval of any of America’s national, state, or local authorities. Mr. Crump gives little or no thought to the fact that if his request if honored, it would override federal, state, and local laws, circumventing American’s Constitution and the U.S. Congress. Perhaps Mr. Crump is aware that the United States, as one of the freest nations in the world, has never received fair treatment at the UN regarding human rights.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (HCHR) has repeatedly lambasted the United States for racism. In a 2016 UNHCHR report, their human rights experts stated in the first sentence, “The United States is still a long way from dealing with the systemic and institutionalized racial discrimination that plagues it on all levels.” The report accuses the U.S. of police brutality, excessive use of lethal force by law enforcement, bias in the criminal justice system, police killings (reminiscent of the racial terror lynching of the past), extreme poverty in African-American communities, environmental injustices, harassment of African-American children, the presence of police in schools, etc.
The U.S. and Israel are the only countries to consistently receive negative reports from the UN Office of the HCHR. The Office of the HCHR ignores other countries with significant human rights offenses, i.e., North Korea, China, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Iran. The accusations hurled at the U.S. and Israel became so prolific that on June 19, 2018, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the UN Human Rights Council. U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in her withdrawal speech, said, “The Trump administration has made clear that it will not countenance the level of criticism and what it describes as slanted resolutions by the Human Rights Council that have historically been directed at the United States and Israel.”
In calling in the United Nations to superimpose their opinions and decisions over the appointed and elected officials of the American people, this country would relinquish its sovereignty to the global community. This call to action by Mr. Crump would lay the groundwork for federal and international interference at every level in our government.
The United Nations may appear to be a higher authority, but as a governing body, the UN answers to no one. The lack of accountability makes the UN susceptible to corruption, heavy-handed influence by rogue countries, and unwanted interference by outside organizations. If America were to open our doors to the United Nations, our democracy would suffer the ravages of globalism at the least and UN domination at its worst. It would be to the detriment of our country to submit to UN scrutiny of any kind, especially regarding human rights.
Lord, we repent of our sins of all injustice in our land. We pray that any judgment we deserve will come from a merciful God. We pray we do not fall into the hands of ungodly men.
About the Author: Nancy Huff is an educator with a mission to equip believers to pray strategically for the Cultural Mountain of Education. She has authored Taking the Mountain of Education: A Strategic Prayer Guide to Transform America’s Schools. She leads prayer groups to pray at key educational locations across the US. Currently, Nancy serves as the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network (HAPN) Lead Prayer Coordinator for the Mountain of Education. For additional information go to: https://takingthemountainofeducation.com/author/nancyahuff/
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