There was a meaningless act of virtue signaling on behalf of the United Nations, who have decided that they can tell the United States how to deal with the issues of racism in our country.
A U.N. report published in 2016 found that the United State’s history of slavery and Jim Crow laws warrants reparations for the descendants of African slaves.
The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent found that the United States’ history of enslavement, segregation, racially-driven violence, and inequality have had a markedly negative impact on black Americans. The report makes comparisons between the lynchings that occurred after slavery was abolished to the police brutality and killings inflicted on blacks at the hands of the police.
Of course, the UN’s recommendations are not binding on the United States — our laws supersede the mandates of the international community. However, their declaration is similar to the many calls for reparations by many people in American society.
The UN states that the reparations could come in the form of health initiatives, educational opportunities, and an official apology for the treatment of black Americans by the United States government. The group also stated that the United States could raise awareness through memorials, education, and monuments. The objective would be to limit the influence of white supremacist ideology.
The views of the American public on this issue are mixed. There are people both on the left and the right who either support or oppose reparations. In a piece for The National Review, Jonah Goldberg argues that reparations might be a positive step if it puts the debate over race relations in the United States to rest. He posits that if we were able to agree upon a number that was acceptable to all parties involved, it could provide a sense of closure. In this way, we could reduce the level of race-baiting and racial tensions in the country.
Of course, there is also the argument that providing reparations for the descendants of slaves would do nothing to curtail racial resentment. Indeed, people on the left would not want to lose one of their favorite weapons: hurling false accusations of racism against their political opponents.
Additionally, the issue of fairness also comes up. Should whites whose descendants did not own slaves have to use their tax dollars to pay for an atrocity their ancestors did not commit?
A United Nations committee has issued a report condemning the US history of slavery and calling for reparations to be paid to descendants of African slaves. Do you support this idea?
The issue of reparations has been a hotly-contested issue. However, regardless of the conversations being had, it is not likely that the matter will be debated in Congress anytime soon — if ever. While the atrocities committed against black Americans can never be erased, it is still important for us to find a way to move forward as a nation.
Regardless of the outcome, the United States does not need the input of the UN. Indeed, the UN has its own issues that it should address. The UN claims to oppose Human Rights violations all over the world while having numerous Human Rights violators on their Security and Human Rights Councils.
Instead of telling the United States how it should handle its problems, perhaps the UN should make sure their own house is in order.