Racial discrimination exposed as the U.S. govt monitors black activists

March 22, 2018 at 04:21 am | Opinions & Features

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

March 22, 2018 at 04:21 am | Opinions & Features

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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21. It was on this same day in 1960 that policemen opened fire on 69 peaceful protestors killing them in Sharpeville, South Africa. They were demonstrating against South Africa’s apartheid “pass laws.”

In 1979, the United States began plans to organize programs to combat racism and discrimination thus birthing the annual celebration. Ironically, it has just been released that there is a top-secret document called the “race paper” which proves that black activists are being closely monitored by the American government as reported by The Root.

This information was released subsequently after the Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights in conjunction with the Kramer Law Center filed a Freedom of Information Act request for access to official papers concerning the Black Lives Matter movement.  Along came information proving that black activists are indeed being observed by The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Black activists are now considered and labeled as “black supremacists” and “black identity extremists.”

This is a stark difference from what the United Nation’s website annotates.  “Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.”  So is that what the race paper intended to do also?

“The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.”

“The United Nations has been concerned with this issue since its foundation and the prohibition of racial discrimination is enshrined in all core international human rights instruments. It places obligations on States and tasks them with eradicating discrimination in the public and private spheres. The principle of equality also requires States to adopt special measures to eliminate conditions that cause or help to perpetuate racial discrimination.”

You don’t say?

“Racial and ethnic discrimination occur on a daily basis, hindering progress for millions of people around the world. Racism and intolerance can take various forms — from denying individuals the basic principles of equality to fuelling ethnic hatred that may lead to genocide — all of which can destroy lives and fracture communities.” [sic]

Yet and still, other facets of the American government are doing exactly what perpetuates hateful attitudes and actions.

Do you think racism will ever be banished? Let us know.

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