US WAR MOVES SHOULD NOT STOP THE MOMENTUM OF THE
WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM
By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (October 31, 2001)
With all the media attention being given to the airplane attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on September 11, the historic United Nations World Conference Against Racism that was held in Durban, South Africa, August 31 through September 7, 2001 has virtually vanished from any media coverage of its outcome and significance.
It is important to note that, in this regard, the media coverage of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) before September 11, 2001 was generally vague, non-investigative, slanted, and negative toward some of the critical issues being raised by African people such as: the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery being Crimes Against Humanity and that African people are owed reparations worldwide. The western media sided with the United States and the European Union, former slave trading nations, that it was inappropriate for these issues to be discussed and deliberated on at the World Conference Against Racism.
Now that the Anthrax episodes have occurred, the media has expanded its coverage to the issue of terrorist threats against America. The United States seems determined to seek revenge against those they have been accused of these attacks that killed thousands of people, by declaring war against terrorism.
Daily, we read in papers, listen to radios, and watch television, witnessing "missiles being launched, bombs being dropped in conjunction with propaganda leaflets and radio messages encouraging another countrys citizens to actively assist in their governments overthrow. Food and medical supplies are also being dropped, supposedly to demonstrate to the Afghan people this nations good will."
In an article written by Junious Ricardo Stanton, he raised some critical observations and that is: "Does anyone in their right mind believe there would be this much of a clamor for revenge and retribution had these planes plowed into the Cabrini Green high rise housing project in Chicago, or a Native American reservation, and killed 5,000 people?"
I agree with Stanton when he writes, "We can think for ourselves, stop going for the okey-doke and refuse to buy into the ludicrous idea that war is the only option." We must not let this "war-mongering climate" dilute the accomplishments of the World Conference Against Racism and what it means to the continued struggles of African people. Therefore, it is important to summarize our participation in the WCAR. When we say our, we are talking about the December 12th Movement International Secretariat and the National Black United Front who spearheaded the organizing of the Durban 400. The following represents a brief summary of our participation in the WCAR and its impact. This summary is based around three questions and the first question is:
I. Why did we decide to participate in the WCAR?
II. What did we gain by participating in the WCAR?
III. What should be our direction and organizing strategy beyond Durban
In future articles, we will write more about the significance and implications of the World
Conference Against Racism. We must continue to organize around the interests of African people and not let the current war mood set us back.
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