* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record
* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”
* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination
* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America
GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.
"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.
Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.
"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.
"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."
The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.
U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.
Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.
"STAND YOUR GROUND" LAWS
In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.
Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.
The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.
"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.
The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.
Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.
"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.
Guess what?! I finally made pancakes on Pancake Sunday! It’s been a rather long time since I’ve made pancakes for sunday brunch. The humidity in Japan meant I avoided using the gas cooker as it made my apartment unbearably hot. But now that I’m back in NZ and have an actual pancake machine, where I can cook three pancakes at once (unlike in Japan where the fry pan would only cook one at a time… you can imagine the time it would’ve taken to make an entire pancake stack…lol), and I now have more access to a wider variety of vegetables and fruit!! In Japan, or at least where I was living, there was no beetroot. Not even at the farmers market I would go to every week. So when I found this Red Velvet Pancake recipe by my favourite food/pancake blogger, The Pancake Princess, I knew I had to try it as soon as I returned home. I’ve always loved pancakes recipes that use vegetables or fruit in the actual batter, replacing the oil, so I knew I would love this recipe. Also, did you know when beetroot produces a gas called nitric oxide in the blood stream, itread more
New blog post is up!!! Beetroot & Cocoa Pancakes. Comparing gluten free and not gluten free versions!!
As an adult I realize there’s a reason that there’s 2 million songs from men about how lonely they are after their girlfriend left them and how sorry they are and 2 million songs about women leaving their horrible abusive boyfriends.
I used to eat up the “I’m sorry” songs as a teenager. I can barely listen to them anymore because I’m like “Nah. Your ex better run as far as she can and you wallow in your guilt and maybe learn how to treat people.”
I can’t even fucking stand that podcast with Jontron.
He literally says that he doesn’t care if he hurts people’s feelings, but we’re supposed to feel soooooooooooooooo baaaaaaaaad that we hurt his poor feelings.
He constantly ignores issues, claims he wants debate about it but throws away chances to get it by shit slinging at someone who was perfectly polite to him, and then goes on to claim people are hypocrites for getting mad at him for treating them like shit.
I do not have a single drop of sympathy for Jontron and I will block and unfollow any shit that falls for that pity fest of a podcast because holy shit do you have to be an asshole to listen to “Feel bad for me because I don’t feel bad for other people at all and they got mad at me for it. »>:” and drink it up.
“Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.”—Nikki Giovanni (via writersrelief)
I cannot even stress to you how important it is to exercise and eat well even if your goal isn’t weight loss
I had high cholesterol and triglyceride levels when I had my blood tested two years ago and now all my results are totally normal and healthy and I can run around and dance like a wildwoman without getting winded and feel more awake in general
I am not "defending jontron", I am trying to explain to you right now, you who just said something to the effect of "how is retarded not a pejorative?" the simple fact that words have different meanings and am amazed how hard a task this is. I keep seeing that quote followed by people being outraged over what an asshole that guy is. Can you not see the irony? Like why even bitch at people who use retarded as something negative if that apparently is YOUR only definition of the term?
it is not MY definition of the term it is THE WAY PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE THE WORD IN PRACTICE WHICH IS WHY USING IT IS CONSIDERED RUDE NOW
it is unbelievable that jontron would use it as a pejorative, have someone reply to him intelligently, and then immediately use the same word a second time (a) not as a pejorative (b) not as a parallel to his first use of it (c) honestly thinking the other person had an intellectual disability. that is far too ridiculous for me to believe, and i suspect, far too ridiculous for almost anyone else to believe as well.
words’ having different meanings doesn’t mean you, the listener, get to just arbitrarily pick different meanings to change what someone else said. it is plainly obvious he was using it as a schoolyard insult. absolutely nothing about the situation indicates otherwise; you are grasping at the flimsiest of straws.
I am fucking starving and sick and I have no patience to deal with dumbfucks that don’t even understand that treating people like shit and admitting you don’t care about their feelings is UHHHHHHHH????? BEING A TERRIBLE PERSON?????
And not knowing the difference between calling someone out on their bad behavior and emotional manipulation. Seriously you have to have NO experience with emotional manipulation whatsoever to think that. Or be five years old.
Everyone who thinks vent posts on tumblr are aimed at the people we’re angry at and not actually just oh idk VENT POSTS is fucking kidding themselves just so they don’t have to think about WHY we’re angry and then go down the slippery slope of maybe having to take some responsibility for their own actions and try sympathizing with other human beings POOR THINGS. »»: