U.N.-Backed Summit Seeks ‘Social Justice’ for African Descendants

Susan Jones, CNS News, May 27, 2011

Only three months to go until the First World Summit of African Descendants, a U.N.-sponsored event that aims to “right historical wrongs.”

The August 18-21 summit in La Ceiba, Honduras, will focus on the socioeconomic conditions of Afro-descendant populations and establish a plan to “ensure development with equity for these groups,” said the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which announced the event in Washington on Thursday.

The event is part of the United Nations-declared International Year of African Descendants.

“This International Year of African Descendants provides an opportunity to right historical wrongs: in health, education, poverty, land rights, jobs, and financial credit for economic and social progress,” said Pan American Health Organization Director Mirta Roses in a news release. “This celebration is important for recognizing the strength and resilience of Afro-descendant communities throughout the Americas, who have thrived despite historical discrimination and repression.”

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Health, contraceptives and social justice

According to PAHO/WHO, compared with Caucasians, the babies of African descendants are more likely to die, their mothers face more risks in childbirth, adult men have higher rates of homicide and HIV, and adolescents are more likely to become pregnant.

At the same time, “equal access to health services and contraceptives remains a challenge,” said Dr. Roses. “This year is a time to celebrate the power of Afro-descendant organizations in challenging and changing these inequalities.”

The summit will provide an opportunity to analyze international cooperation and “close the existing development gaps through concrete commitments, clear strategies, and adequate resources,” said Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, the Honduran ambassador to the United States.

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One of the Americas’ pending debts is to “put an end to historical and structural discrimination against African descendants,” said Santiago Cantón, executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). He said initiatives such as the summit are “essential steps” toward ending such discrimination. He said the summit will raise awareness of violations of the human rights of African descendants, and thereby help put an end to them.

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Álvarez Casildo said the summit was expected to conclude with a “Declaration of the Decade of African Descendants and the creation of a new fund for Afro-descendant Development.

“The summit is not the end, it’s a means for transformation,” he said. “It’s an extremely important medium to ensure that these voices no longer remain silent.”

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  • chuck

    My ancestors and 99% of the American population never had, owned or used slaves. Who then will qualify to receive reparations and who should pay this money. I thinks black people should get over the idea of being owed something…get to work and stop being lazy.

  • Larissa

    At the same time, “equal access to health services and contraceptives remains a challenge,” said Dr. Roses.

    Just a few months ago, blacks and liberal whites were claiming that Planned Parenthood was opening clinics in American ghettos to foster black genocide through the encouragement of abortion. Of course, the real reason PP put clinics in those “hoods” was to combat the out-of-control STD problem.

    Nothing, absolutely nothing, will ever satisfy these babies.

  • Question Diversity

    I had to look at the date of this article, and my eyes weren’t fooling me. It was indeed written on May 27, 2011. Because the body reads like something that was written sixty years ago, and written by people who are unaware that the American Federal government has almost completely wrecked a proper relationship between state and Federal government, the proper definition of Federalism, the proper relationship between citizen and state, and fiscal and logical sanity, to implement program after program, scheme after scheme, idea after idea, from ending “Jim Crow,” to affirmative action, to civil rights and voting rights acts, to innumerate welfare programs, explicitly or implicitly, to pumping insane amounts of money into schools to find away to end the “achievement gap” — I could go on and on. All these things have happened already, and yet, the “problem” is still bad enough in the eyes of the people who call 2011 the Year of the African Descendant.

  • BannerRWB

    1-“…that aims to “right historical wrongs.”: The historical wrong is that Africans are in the Americas in the first place. The only way to make this right is to repatriate all African descendants to Africa, otherwise, the grievance committee will live forever.

    2-“…for recognizing the strength and resilience of Afro-descendant communities throughout the Americas, who have thrived despite historical discrimination and repression.”: If they are strong, resilient, and have thrived, then what’s the problem? Other races have all suffered discrimination at one time or another through history.

    3-“…their mothers face more risks in childbirth, adult men have higher rates of homicide and HIV, and adolescents are more likely to become pregnant.”: Why is this a problem Whites have to solve? Are they saying Blacks are incapable of solving these issues on their own?

    4-“This year is a time to celebrate the power of Afro-descendant organizations…”: Again, if they are so powerful, why do they need support from everyone else? Whose idea was this anyway?

    5-“One of the Americas’ pending debts…”: Fine, I will pay to send multiple Blacks back to Africa with the stipulation that they are not allowed to return.

  • highduke

    Are the Old World Blacks going to compensate/apologise to their New World miscegenated kin for selling them to White traders for trinkets? How about a day for Europeans victimized by Islam?

  • Anonymous

    “This International Year of African Descendants provides an opportunity to right historical wrongs: in health, education, poverty, land rights, jobs, and financial credit for economic and social progress,” said Pan American Health Organization Director Mirta Roses in a news release. “This celebration is important for recognizing the strength and resilience of Afro-descendant communities throughout the Americas, who have thrived despite historical discrimination and repression.”

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    If we do not GET OUT of the UN, we are nothing but stupid fools! THIS is what the Republicans should be addressing!

    We all know what this means, don’t we? ALL Whites will be denied any services, but WE will pay for the “Africans” demands/services and we KNOW what that means!

    Talk about discrimination and oppression! It is ALL against Whites throughout the world and we know it! Let us do something to stop this EVIL before it is too late. I mean NOW! Demand the media and our government address what this really means.

  • Ian

    Maybe the only way of rectifying all this apparent injustice is to give blacks a state of their own. I’ve even thought of a name for it.

    Liberia.

  • Anonymous

    Given that 95%, yes – 95% – of all kidnapped Africans were brought to the Spanish and Portugues colonies and all around the Carribean (Spanish, French, Dutch, English) – and that only about 450,000 (about 5%) of the rest were shipped to the 13 colonies and later United States, it would seem to me that LATINO nations, especially, should be held to account and have to put up 95% of the money this shakedown exercise will require.

  • Ben

    “The summit is not the end, it’s a means for transformation,” he said. ‘It’s an extremely important medium to ensure that these voices no longer remain silent.’”

    This has got to be a joke.

    I mean, didn’t we all try to reprimand the wrongs in the past?

    What exactly do they want?

    It was 250 years ago! My god!

  • TomSwift

    “…and adolescents are more likely to become pregnant….”

    well, I wouldn’t mind the government trying to solve that problem….

  • Russ in the South

    This is all headed in the direction of “reparations,” right?

    Can you imagine what a can of worms a “reparations” program would open up?–

    1. Would the amount of reparations be based upon the darkness of skin? That is, would extremely dark blacks be entitled to a greater amount of reparations than mulattoes?

    2. Would only white Americans have to pay the tax? After all, it would be unfair to tax Asians and Hispanics, whose ancestors were not involved in the slave trade, right?

    Let’s consider a generation to be 25 years. Under Jewish law, “the sins of the father are visited unto the FOURTH generation.” Even if black slavery could be considered sinful (and not simply business as usual, which it was), SIX generations have passed since slavery. Sorry, but the SIXTH generation cannot be help responsible for the sins of their ancestors.

    I WOULD be in favor of paying reparations to any American black who wanted to return to Africa, renounce their American citizenship, and start a new life there. Because of its great store of wealth, Africa will be the land of opportunity during the coming century. Horace Greeley would tell blacks,

    “Go East, young black man!:

  • Madison Grant

    “Social Justice” = Welfare Handouts

    “Compared with Caucasians, black babies are more likely to die, their mothers face more risks in childbirth…”

    Black women have the most miscarriages and premature births because they have the most abortions and STDs, leading to troubled pregnancies.

    “Adult men have higher rates of homicide…”

    Thanks to black-on-black crime.

    “…and HIV. And adolescents are more likely to become pregnant.”

    Thanks to blacks being more promiscuous than everyone else.

    And how is any of this Whitey’s fault?

  • rockman

    Why do I want to hold on to my wallet? I can see a large wealth transfer coming up again

  • John Engelman

    “This celebration is important for recognizing the strength and resilience of Afro-descendant communities throughout the Americas, who have thrived despite historical discrimination and repression.”

    – Susan Jones, CNS News, May 27, 2011

    Far from thriving, this is how they have fared:

    “adult men have higher rates of homicide and HIV, and adolescents are more likely to become pregnant.”

    – Susan Jones, CNS News, May 27, 2011

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    How is that the fault of whites?

  • Zach Sowers

    If the U.N. really wants to “right historical wrongs” then they should start by demanding the immediate release of Ratko Mladic.

  • Tim Mc Hugh

    First, I apologize for ever thinking that Blue flag with the whole world on it was “cool” back in the 1960`s…But I was just a kid.

    “recognizing the strength and resilience of Afro descended communities who have thrived despite…” THEN, “More likely to die, more risks in childhood and more likely to become pregnant”

    Well, Which is it?!?! It can`t be both!! Are they thriving in spite of events or being overwhelmed by them?!? Then “pending debts” are due…My favorite line in the Spiderman movie is where the seedy promoter listens to a litany of Peter Parker`s problems, then replies, “I missed the part where that`s my problem…”

  • Rin

    Blacks always want more and more, no living black today was ever a slave. They destroy everything, and then demand more, if they don’t get….they scream racist?

    No one wants blacks to fail, but they just do, no matter what you do to help them, it will never be enough.

    Just send them back or create a separate country just for them.

  • Whiteplight

    14 — Zach Sowers wrote at 6:58 AM on June 1:

    “If the U.N. really wants to “right historical wrongs” then they should start by demanding the immediate release of Ratko Mladic.”

    Since you don’t explain the “why” of this, I will.

    When the Turks invaded and subjugated Serbia and the other regions of what became known as the Balkans (Turkish for “hills”)in the 14th century, they began a campaign of systematic rape of Serbian and other Balkan women. Their children were raised as Muslims and given local authority over the remaining majority Christian Serbs. These were the ones that came to be known as Bosnians today. Some populations, such as the Albanians, sold out wholesale for better treatment. The Serbs always resisted. It was the Serbs who finally fought and defeated the Turks in 1878. The Serbs thought that being Christians, The Hapsburg Austrian Empire rulers would support them. To their shock, the Hapsburgs made a deal with the Turks and sent in troops to violently suppress the Serbs in Bosnia/Herzegovina. So it was a Bosnian Serb (Gravilo Princip)a member of the secret society “The Black Hand”(subversive group against Hapsburg rule), who assassinated Archduke Ferdinand and began WW1.

    That is more explanation than required, but the point is that the Serbs have been abused and humiliated for centuries by the Turks and the Muslim Bosnians. If we use the same logic as is used by this woman and the usual repairations rhetoric, then all modern Serbian war criminals ought to be found innocent of charges based on centuries old abuses that far outweigh in world consequence, the black slave trade in the New World. Even the most thuggish of all of the Serb paramilitary raiders, “Arkan,” is justified by this logic.

    I lived in this area in the late 1990s and learned a great deal. One thing that came out later, after 9/11, was that there was an al Queda headquarters in Sarajevo in the early 1990s, working in forming a terrorist headquarters in Europe. Had these Bosnian Serbs and Milosevic not done what they had, Europe may well have already seen more and larger attacks such as NYC on 9/11. We now know of plots to blow up the Eiffel Tower for example. The deal that NATO made with Serbia (as Yugoslavia) in 1999, was that for a withdrawal of troops from Kosovo, they would guarantee that they would not allow a Albanian, Muslim state to be established there. Two years ago, the UN recognized Kosovo as an independent, Muslim nation. Meanwhile, the Albanians burned down every centuries old Serbian Orthodox church in Kosovo.

    Go to this link for a very beautiful and heartbreaking film and singing by a Serbian folk star concerning the destruction of these churches and the culture/history/people they represent.

    http://goo.gl/Dq6ck