This week sees the arrival on U.S. soil of Doudou Diene, the U.N. special rapporteur charged with investigating “racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” in America. Diene, a French-educated lawyer from Senegal, will spend three weeks touring the country, from Washington and New York to Miami, Los Angeles, and Chicago.Anyone with functioning brain cells might quickly tie this special rapporteur's visit with the ongoing drama for the presidency. Even Reuters made the connection!
His campaign has increased turnout among black voters but has also turned off some white voters in a country with a history of slavery and racial segregation.By the way, which countries do NOT have a history of slavery and segregation in the past 200 years? Have any worked as hard as us to solve them? Anyway, let's introduce some possible meetings...
- With Geraldine Ferraro, to discuss her hatred of minorities
- With Bill Clinton on his experiences as the first black president
- With Reverend Wright to get more info on how the AIDS virus was actually planted
- With blacks in the NBA to discuss racism and fairness issues inherent in their league
- With any Latino person
- With any American Indian
- With any Pacific Islander
- With Imus and Al at a roundtable
- With any of the Duke LaCrosse players
- And with Jackie and Dunlap, for the cracker perspective