NAACP takes Ferguson shooting to the UN

The NAACP has decided that the United Nations must become involved in an American criminal investigation, and made a presentation before a UN committee in Geneva.


U.S. civil rights advocates aired their concerns about the recent Michael Brown shooting to the United Nations in Geneva, according to a press call from the organizations on Wednesday.

“This issue was front and center,” Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, explained during the call.

According to Shelton, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and Jordan Davis’s father Ron Davis told their stories about losing their teenage children in shootings in each of the pre-briefings of the process.

“I think that everyone was outraged and horrified to hear that, yet again, it had happened in St. Louis, Missouri,” he said.

The group of activists presented to a U.N. panel in Geneva, Switzerland, documenting their concerns of U.S. compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) treaty.

Hillary also pointed out that U.N. delegates at the hearing made a point of asking the U.S. delegation about African-Americans being “disportionately targeted” by law enforcement.

Shelton praised Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama for responding quickly to the crisis, raising its national profile.

“Clearly this issue is resonating here at the United Nations, and they knew of it before we got here,” he said, pointing out that the story was getting wide circulation in the news in Geneva.

“The world is watching what happens in Ferguson, Missouri,” he said.

Begging your pardon but what the hell business is it of the UN to be officially concerned about a shooting where no one knows what really happened yet?  Even if this turns out to be a bad shoot - and eyewitnesses tell stories that suggest it was - I would suggest that before casting the first stone, the nations who sit on that committee should examine their own countries' record on race first.

You may recallk the NAACP ran to the UN and asked them to monitor the 2012 US election. Their not very subtle point appears to be they don't trust the US government to give black folk a fair shake.

Such may be the case at times. But does the NAACP actually think they're going to get "justice" from the UN - a body made up of dozens and dozens of states that are racist to the core and openly show it?

Nice PR stunt, NAACP.

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