The war against the First Amendment has gone global. The tactics of the campus Left are now sanctioned by the United Nations, which have made a shocking demand to the administration of President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, Anastasia Crickley, the Chairperson of UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) sent out a press release demanding that the US “ensure that the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are not exercised with the aim of destroying or denying the rights and freedoms of others, and also asked it to provide the necessary guarantees so that such rights are not misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.”
In simpler language, the UN wants the US to enact European-style “hate speech” laws. While hate speech should be condemned, punishing speech in a free society contradicts the liberty espoused by America. The First Amendment affords protections for all speech, as it should to guarantee that element of freedom.
Crickley and her group expressed their horror about “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” rallies in the United States. She further added: “We call on the US Government to investigate thoroughly the phenomenon of racial discrimination targeting, in particular, people of African descent, ethnic or ethno-religious minorities, and migrants.”
Tellingly, the UN seems unconcerned with the violence caused by Antifa, Black Lives Matter, or other left-wing groups. In America, race-based violence is not a problem that emanates from the far-Right bogeymen of the Left’s imagination.
While federal statistics indicate that “right-wing terrorists” are more violent than “left-wing terrorists,” these statistics can be misleading upon closer inspection. However, what is not questionable is that since 2014, black supremacist groups like BLM and others have killed far more people than Neo-Nazis or KKK members.
One shooter inspired by the rhetoric of BLM provided American law enforcement with its deadliest day since 9/11.
Even liberal media outlets have been forced to admit that American police officers kill more white people on average than blacks.
In 2016, the FBI found that African Americans killed 500 white Americans. This was the highest rate on record since 2008, when blacks killed 508 whites in America. (It should be noted that federal statistics often count Hispanics as “white” in most categories except for in the hate crime victim category).
More broadly, the UN’s demand that the US enact “hate speech” qualifications runs in direct contrast to the US Constitution. The American president swears an oath to protect and uphold the Constitution, not listen to the dictators of a supranational body.
In Europe, where many countries have hate speech laws in place, everyday citizens are sentenced to serious jail time for merely posting pictures or images online. One man in Scotland was prosecuted for a silly video featuring his girlfriend’s dog giving a Nazi salute.
The UN wants the US to make sure our free speech rights are not misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes. Is it any of their business?
Europe’s madness for hate speech laws were legitimized by the UN in 1966. Since then, freedom of expression and other liberties have become all but extinct in Europe.
It is also noticeable that hate speech laws in Europe are more often applied to right-wing, supposedly right-wing, or populist parties and individuals than they are to Islamic extremists. If free speech was punishable in America, it wouldn’t stop at the true hate speech emanating from Neo-Nazis or KKK. Granting the power to punish free speech would become applicable to anyone on the Right.
American ideals of liberty would be crushed under the heel of the tyrannical UN. CERD’s demands prove decisively a fact that many Democrats and Establishment Republicans do not want to admit–Antifa, BLM, and other far-Left groups are the “shock troops” in the paid service of the globalist elite.