The Biden administration’s decision to ask the United Nations to send a “human rights” team to assess racism in the United States is such a pathetic demonstration of subservience to a corrupt, phony, and useless globalist organization that it almost defies description. Many of us expected a globalist secretary of state in Antony Blinken. Blinken most recently served as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017, where he helped craft the Obama administration’s policies toward Syria, Libya, and Iran’s nuclear program. Still, we were not quite prepared for this—bowing to the U.N. and suggesting that its supposed experts on human rights and racism have anything to offer Americans.
This sheer groveling should cause every American to shudder.
Last Tuesday, Blinken tweeted that “Responsible nations must not shrink from scrutiny of their human rights record. Rather, they should be transparent with the intent to grow and do better. That is why I’m announcing a formal invitation for @UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism to visit the U.S.”
He elaborated in a press statement from the Department of State:
As the President has repeatedly made clear, great nations such as ours do not hide from our shortcomings; they acknowledge them openly and strive to improve with transparency. In so doing, we not only work to set the standard for national responses to these challenges, we also strengthen our democracy, and give new hope and motivation to human rights defenders across the globe. It is in this context that the United States intends to issue a formal, standing invitation to all U.N. experts who report and advise on thematic human rights issues.
This sheer groveling should cause every American to shudder. Blinken has apparently reached out to something called a “U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism” as well as the “U.N. Special Rapporteur on minority issues” and has invited them to visit the U.S. to begin assessing the problems. Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council (HRC)—a useless and hypocritical arm of an increasingly irrelevant and money-wasting organization. In June, the council issued a report, “Agenda for Transformative Change Towards Racial Justice and Equality,” that “casts a spotlight on a litany of violations of economic, cultural, civil and political rights suffered by Africans and people of African descent—on a daily basis and across different countries and jurisdictions.”
The report was commissioned in response to last year’s violent Antifa and BLM riots which, the HRC notes, inspired “mass protests that ensued in many countries.” They continue that the council subsequently:
[A]dopted resolution 43/1 by consensus, in which it requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on systemic racism, violations of international human rights law against Africans and people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, especially those incidents that resulted in the death of George Floyd and other Africans and people of African descent, to contribute to accountability and redress for victims; [and] to examine government responses to anti-racism peaceful protests, including the alleged use of excessive force against protesters, bystanders and journalists…
In their report, which “highlights how systemic racism manifests itself in the area of law enforcement, focusing on incidents that result in death as its most visible and irreversible outcome, and on the consistent lack of accountability and redress for victims,” the HRC “presents an agenda towards transformative change for racial justice and equality for Africans and people of African descent globally.”
“Systemic racism” is, of course, a key buzzword of President Joe Biden, who even claimed that “white supremacy” is the greatest danger to American security today. The President has used “systemic racism” as a justification for everything from his radical climate policies to his $1.8 trillion and counting “American Family Plan.” So it seems like there is a political basis for all this worship at the altar of the United Nations. While it is both disgraceful and humiliating to ask the human-rights-violating U.N. Human Rights Security Council members to assess racism in the United States, the Biden administration might well be hoping for the UN.’s denunciation—one which would justify its own disgraceful and idiotic racial policies and identity politics.
THE U.N. HUMAN WRONGS COUNCIL
In 2018, the U.S. withdrew from the Human Rights Council on the basis that, according to one senior official, the HRC “protects human rights abusers, allows them to serve on the council and shows bias in rendering decisions.” For years, former President Donald Trump criticized the council’s anti-Israeli bias. Moreover, as Fox News reports, “countries like China, Egypt and Russia worked to undermine U.S. reform efforts and that the council has passed more resolutions this year [in 2018] condemning Israel than Iran, Syria and North Korea combined.”
It is not only a disgrace to ask an organization rife with so much human rights hypocrisy to critique America’s highly successful pluralist democracy; it is utter madness.
The council has always been a safe haven for a myriad of authoritarian states, but in recent years, it has become even more aggressive in its inclusivity, approving membership for China, Cuba, and Venezuela. All of these countries can teach us plenty about human rights—or at least how to violate human rights. China is a totalitarian state, replete with concentration camps. Millions perished under Mao Zedong, and the current dictatorship is obsessed with the Uyghurs, who are deemed to be enemies of the state. Amnesty International reports that:
Since 2017, an estimated one million or more people have been arbitrarily detained in ‘transformation-through-education’ or ‘vocational training’ centers in Xinjiang, where they have been subjected to various forms of torture and ill-treatment, including political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation. This mass detention campaign combined with systematic repression have prevented Uyghur parents from returning to China to take care of their children themselves and made it nearly impossible for their children to leave China to reunite with them abroad. Some Uyghur parents believe their children may have been taken to state-run ‘orphan camps’ or boarding schools when the relatives taking care of them were detained.
Cuba, meanwhile, has recently demonstrated just how it responds when its people ask for more political freedom: you pack them away to prison. The Cuban crackdown has been so ferocious that even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the suppression. As for Venezuela? It has become a reification of a failed state as people starve and protests continue against the strongman president, Nicolás Maduro.
It is not only a disgrace to ask an organization rife with so much human rights hypocrisy to critique America’s highly successful pluralist democracy; it is utter madness. Unless, of course, there is a method to that madness.
Noting the Biden administration’s lukewarm criticism of the violent repression in Cuba, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted a sharp rebuke of Secretary Blinken’s announcement last week: “@SecBlinken instead of asking the @UN to come here & tell us how “racist” America is, why don’t you ask them to go to #Cuba where an evil socialist regime storms into peoples homes, beats the crap out of them & then drags them away?”
The outcome of this proposed investigation is entirely predictable. The United Nations as a whole has been a persistent critic of the United States for years…
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Niki Haley also wondered just what the Biden administration was inviting the U.N. to critique America’s record on racism and human rights. Speaking to Fox News, Haley wondered why Biden would tolerate such an “insane” assessment. “China has one million Uyghurs in concentration camps, Cuba is beating protesters, and Venezuela is torturing political prisoners,” Haley said, “Yet Biden’s Secretary of State is inviting the U.N. to investigate human rights in the United States—the freest, fairest country in the world. This is INSANE.”
The outcome of this proposed investigation is entirely predictable. The United Nations as a whole has been a persistent critic of the United States for years, even though America continues to pay about 20% of the body’s “regular” budget and almost 25% of its “peacekeeping” budget. In a 2020 U.N. report, the council said the U.S. strike that killed Islamic Republic Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani was a violation of international law. (That same year, 53 members of the council declared their support for China’s suppression of democratic protests in Hong Kong.)
No wonder Nikki Haley called the council “a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
So anyone who thinks the U.N. envoys are going to come to this country, spend a fortune on per diems, and then issue a report that sparkles with admiration of how America has effectively managed race relations over the decades is dreaming. And the Biden administration is in deep denial if it expects even a tepid response from the U.N. team.
But perhaps that is exactly what they want.
THE HIDDEN AGENDA
The President and Secretary Blinken might actually be hoping for a negative report from the council. It may even desire one because this is a government that not only believes America is systemically racist, it wants Americans to believe that too. It wants to increase the racial divide in the country to further exploit the identity politics that have proven so effective in keeping Democrats in control of large American cities and currently hegemonic in the executive and legislative branches of the government.
In the Biden administration, nothing is beyond politics.
President Joe Biden has invested a great deal in his persistent claim that America is at war with white supremacy. During his speech last month in Tulsa to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of an anti-black massacre in that city, he claimed that white supremacy was “the most lethal threat to the homeland today.” The beliefs of this anti-busing conservative Democrat have evolved. As President, he claims the threat of a phantom army of white supremacists is now more dangerous to Americans than Islamist terrorism or even the Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs who demonstrated their contempt for law and order, property rights and basic civility throughout the summer of 2020. At the very beginning of his presidency, Biden declared that “I’m not promising we can end it tomorrow, but I promise you we’re going to continue to make progress to eliminate systemic racism, and every branch of the White House and the federal government is going to be part of that effort,”
Biden again suggested this very thing in his criticism of voter integrity laws in Texas and Georgia. That hollowness of that critique was made clear by the Democratic legislators who fled Texas last week to pose for a bizarre photo-op living as fugitives in Washington. But President Biden has looked just as ridiculous as he has ludicrously equated voter integrity legislation to the Jim Crow segregation laws that thrived throughout the Democratic-controlled South from the end of the Civil War to the civil rights era. To suggest that having everyone provide identification when voting is somehow racist or related to white supremacy is, of course, nonsense, but that hasn’t stopped Biden or other Democrats from insisting it is so.
But does Biden want to go even further? Surely the U.N.’s “systemic racism” tribunal will want him to do so, and a call for reparations to all black Americans—or at least to those descended from slaves—will be part of the racial antidote they prescribe. Biden has so far resisted reparations and has tried to distance himself from making any definitive statement or issuing any tentative policy, instead suggesting a study to examine the justice and feasibility of such a proposal. But the UNHRC was unequivocal in their proposed agenda for racial “justice.” “The [U.N.] High Commissioner emphasizes the importance of ensuring that the voices of people of African descent and all those standing up against racism are heard. She considers the long-overdue need to confront the legacies of enslavement, the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism and to seek reparatory justice.”
It is hardly inconceivable that Biden will embrace the concept of reparations—especially if urged on by the U.N. That would provide the appropriate cover to spend trillions more on government largesse. What’s more, per the HRC’s own recommendations, a charge of “systemic racism” against the United States could imply the rollout of huge federal programs that make Biden’s federal critical race theory curriculum seem like a joke. The U.N. HRC believes that:
Systemic racism needs a systemic response. States should adopt a systemic approach to combating racial discrimination through the adoption and monitoring of whole-of-government and whole-of-society responses that are contained in comprehensive and adequately resourced national and regional action plans and that include, where necessary, special measures to secure for disadvantaged groups, notably Africans and people of African descent, the full and equal enjoyment of human rights.
We have already examined how the Democratic ‘For the People” HR 1 bill will not just undermine but impoverish democracy in America and ensure that the federal government firmly controls every presidential and congressional election with a system that is highly vulnerable to fraud. Though it is certainly ridiculous and beyond reason for the United States to want to be judged by emissaries from a council that blithely ignores human rights—it is not beyond politics. In the Biden administration, nothing is beyond politics.
It is a sickening form of self-abuse to ask the United Nations to hit us with their best shot, but, for the Biden administration, it is a means to a consistent political end. And that political end will mean an America that is forever racially divided as the Democrats continue to exacerbate the differences in America and Biden continues to defy his own promise to bring unity to the country.