Michael Swartz / September 15, 2021

Racism Is Now U.S. Foreign Policy

The question of human rights gets a very wrong answer from Biden’s UN ambassador.

Our post-Afghanistan foreign policy has taken another turn for the worse.

In practice, it’s the refuge of the scoundrel, but the United Nations has since 2006 hosted the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). It sounds noble on the surface, but knowing that its membership has recently included the likes of China, Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia means that its purpose seems to be twofold: condemning Israel about every move it makes and tut-tutting when social unrest in the United States occurs so it can give us recommendations for “improvement.”

President Donald Trump finally had enough and withdrew us from the HRC in 2018.

But with Joe Biden having selected America-hater Linda Thomas-Greenfield as his ambassador to the UN, it’s no surprise that she is lobbying to rejoin the HRC when elections for new members are held next month.

Thomas-Greenfield has already used her appointment as a bully pulpit to decry our “systemic racism” — yes, our nation is so systemically racist that we have a person of color as our UN ambassador — while also complaining about “regular targeting of the LGBTQIA+ community, and persistent discrimination against religious minorities, people with disabilities, indigenous people, and women and girls.”

Surely, she’s describing the other HRC members.

The problem, argues political analyst Jimmy Quinn, is that the Biden administration is playing into the hands of our enemies. “The Biden administration has made openness about American racism one of the most, if not the single most, prominent features of its Human Rights Council campaign,” Quinn says. “Despite [Secretary of State Antony] Blinken’s pledges to continue to strive to reform the body, judging by Thomas-Greenfield’s comments … it doesn’t seem as though a serious attempt to do so is the administration’s central focus. That’s especially good news for the Chinese Communist Party and other human-rights abusers who leverage progressive guilt about systemic racism as a smokescreen for their efforts to fundamentally reshape international institutions to their advantage.”

Since most nations with poor track records on human rights have a similar pattern regarding a free and watchdog press, we rarely hear any questioning of their abuses. But we know they exist.

Thomas-Greenfield, Blinken, and others in the Biden administration say a lot about America’s past indiscretions, but none ever seem to put them in the context of just how much true progress we have made over the years. Given that other nations have a continuing pattern of human rights abuses that stretch back decades, if not centuries, the list of countries that should be on the Human Rights Council is a lot shorter than its actual participation. If the United Nations was truly about being united and not about figuring out ways to transfer wealth from rich countries to the offshore bank accounts of tinpot dictators around the globe, the United States would be in a leading role as an arbiter of how oppressed groups should be treated.

Instead, thanks to Thomas-Greenfield and Biden’s misshapen foreign policy, we will likely “win” reelection to the HRC and be tied to the whipping post once again with all our supposed flaws being aired for the world to see.

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