THE LEGACY OF THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT
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THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM

By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill (October 26, 2000) 

On November 17 – 19, 2000, the December 12th Movement, based in New York, and the National Black United Front (NBUF) are co–sponsoring a Black Power conference in support of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism. The United Nations World Conference Against Racism will be held in Durbin, South Africa from August 31, 2001 – September 7, 2001.

In our call for this conference we said, "As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the birth of El Hajj Malik Shabazz, Malcolm X, we heed his call to make our struggle a struggle for human rights, to bring our conditions before the court of world opinion."

"The United Nations is holding the Third World Conference Against Racism in South Africa, August 31, 2001 – September 7, 2001, for 40 million Africans in the United States and millions more in the Caribbean and South America, the burning issue is the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade."

"Racism is the Achilles heel of the United States, which is why it has opposed the World Conference , as have the other Western powers whose wealth was built on slave labor. The United States has refused to call a national preparatory meeting for the conference, as they did for the United Nations’ sponsored Women’s Conference in 1995 in China. Indeed, it has embarked on the same strategy it used against the 1963 March On Washington. They have chosen their loyalists, Black though they may be, to exclude the grassroots, those who heed Malcolm X’s call for Black Power, Land, and Independence."

In this connection, the conference will be held at Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for Inner City Studies, 700 East Oakwood Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois. The conference will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2000.

The focus of the conference will be to expose the economic roots of racism, to organize to stop the attempt at exclusion, and how the millions of us who adhere to Black Power are going to South Africa.

It is important to understand the background to this conference. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, through the Center for Human Rights, established for three years, in 1993, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance.

The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations confirmed this mandate and assigned it to Mr. Maurice Glélé–Ahanhanzo of Benin.

At its fifty–second–session, the Commission, by resolution in 1996 expressed its full support and appreciation for the Special Rapporteur’s work and decided to extend his mandate for a period of three years.

Since the establishment of the Special Rapporteur’s Office, Mr. Glélé–Ahanhanzo offices examined racism and racial discrimination in Australia, Austria, Canada, the United States, the Russian Federation, France, Israel, Indonesia, Brazil, and Italy and many other countries.

In 1997, the Special Rapporteur’s Office observed, "that racism and racial discrimination persist in various regions of the world both in their structural, economic and social form and in the form on xenophobia. Theories of racial inequality are raising their head while at the same time modern communication technologies, especially the Internet, are being perniciously employed to foment racial hatred, xenophobia, and anti–Semitism."

In this regard, the Special Rapporteur made a number of recommendations, which have been approved by the General Assembly and the Commission. These recommendations are: "(a) to convene a world conference on racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and (b) to consider action at the international level— beginning studies, research and joint action immediately— over the use of the Internet as a vehicle for racist propaganda."

When we discuss racism, we must be clear on this term that is so widely used by so many people. Through our study groups, over the years, with Dr. Anderson Thompson, we have concluded that racism is "The direct and overall physical and psychological subordination and subjection of one racial group over another for the purpose of maximum political and economic exploitation which is based on the belief (supportable by religious doctrine or scientific data) that either because of heredity (genes, family) or culture (social environment) the dominant race in power is superior to the dominated and powerless race."

The manifestation of racism in the western European world has become institutionalized in a worldwide system of white supremacy. White supremacy continues to have a devastating impact on African people throughout the world.

For more information on The Legacy of the Black Power Movement and the United Nations World Conference Against Racism National Organizing Conference, being held November 17th – 19th, contact NBUF at 708-389-9929 or the December 12th Movement at 718-398-1766. Come out and participate in this historic conference. We look forward to seeing you.

 
National Chairman
National Black United Front (NBUF)


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