Friday, March 9, 2007

The UN discriminates against the minority of the Individual

Members of the Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, "anti-racism watchdog" of the UN, have released a report questioning Canada's use of the terms "visible minorities" and "ethnocultural communities." The report offered no alternative labels but chances are good another report is planned to appoint dignitaries to appoint other dignitaries to draft a lexicon of politically sensitive terminology. (HT: Mitchieville)

Canada's use of the term "visible minorities" to identify people it considers susceptible to racial discrimination came under fire at the United Nations yesterday — for being racist.

[..] The committee's 16 members are mainly academics or former diplomats from around the world, but none is from Canada.

In their latest report, they passed up concerns raised in earlier years about the plight of First Nations peoples in Canada to latch on to the government's use of the words "visible minorities" in numerous official documents.

[..] The federal Employment Equity Act defines "visible minorities" as "persons, other than Aboriginal people, who are non- Caucasian in race or non-white in colour."

To the committee, highlighting a certain group does not appear to be consistent with Article One of the Convention, which says racial discrimination occurs when equitable treatment is upset by "any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin."
I'm not really sure what that last paragraph actually means, but I think it's a good argument against affirmative action and equity hiring practices.
Other highlights of the report include a call for Canada to provide welfare to illegal immigrants and failed refugee applicants.
No need to apply; just join the ration line.

Cross-posted: Dust my Broom

2 comments:

Jake said...

Don't these overpaid morons at the UN have anything better to do with their time?

Seems the UN couldn't find any serious problems with our government such as corruption, genocide, or denying human rights. Instead, they invent something frivolous to criticize our government for.

In the meantime, they turn a blind eye to the brutal regimes that are causing the real problems.

This is just makes this cold war era bureaucracy seem less and less relevant.

Honey Pot said...

...so if we can't use the world V________ m________. what word will be used? I noticed the v_____ m_________ like to use that word themselves to show how they are discriminated against because they are a v_______ m____________. Maybe it is a good thing and it will make everyone equal in the eyes of the law. No one can jump up and say, I am a v_________m_________,therefore, I am entitled to special treatmeant. I have no problem with us all being on equal footing and having the same rules.