On a more serious note:
United Nations To Send Troops To US To Fight ‘Genocide’ In Chicago? — by Regan Pifer
There is an extraordinary amount of gun violence. Despite the significant amount of legislation politicians have passed to control said violence, criminals do not seem to be following the law. I know, shocking.
So if there is something strange, in your neighborhood…who you gonna call? The police? Nope.
The National Guard? Nope.
The Ghostbusters? Close. But no cigar.
The Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin has requested that the United Nations come in to quell…what he calls…the “quiet genocide”.
Yes, I’m just as confused as all of you. About all of it.
According to CBS Local News:
Boykin was traveling to New York to meet with Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina, the U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Support, to seek international help with “horrific levels of shootings” and other violent crime in West Side and South Side communities.
“I’m hoping to appeal to the U.N. to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence, and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts, because I think it’s so critical for us to make sure that these neighborhoods are safe,” Boykin said at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday.
Boykin said leaders in Chicago and Cook County have failed to protect many communities from violent crime.
“There is a quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities. Eighty percent of those who are being killed by gun violence are African American, and often killed at the hands of another African American,” he said. “So we must protect these population groups, and that’s what the United Nations does. They’re a peacekeeping force. They know all about keeping the peace, and so we’re hopeful that they’ll hear our appeal.”
Hmmm…there is a lot going on here.
First and foremost, Boykin is misusing the term “genocide”.
Genocide, according to the United Nations, the organization Boykin is calling on for help defines it as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
a. killing members of the group;
b. causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
c. deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
d. imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
e. forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
My question is how this is anything like what is happening in Chicago.
Is Boykin really comparing Chicago with the Holocaust? Rwanda?
To make this comparison and conflate Chicago with the latter horrors only belittles and diminishes the horrors Jews and Africans faced.
Also, are there not other measures to take before we approach the United Nations (let us, for a moment, assume the UN might be effective)?
Maybe we should first go to the state or federal government before we approach international organizations.
Unlike certain African countries that he has referenced who had the UN help them, the United States has a stable and energetic government.
Maybe this commissioner is just trying to get air time. What do you think?