Sunday, March 06, 2005

Kofi, Jesse: Where Are You Now?

The government of Niger announced today that they will cancel a ceremony in which 7,000 slaves were due to be released. Yes, you read this correctly. Despite a government wide ban of slavery in 2003, some 43,000 people in Niger are slaves. These people are subject to rape, torture and other atrocities. What I'd like to know is -- where the hell is the United Nations? How is it that 43,000 people can be enslaved and abused without even as much of a peep from the UN?

Moreover, where the hell is Jesse Jackson? Here's a guy that "fights" for civil rights and racial harmony and yet he can't be bothered to help enslaved Africans... Jackson hasn't even once made mention of the slavery situation in Niger. He has, on the other hand,
threatened the NFL over their lack of apparent fairness in hiring African American coaches. If there's a camera at an event and it involves racial equality, rest assured -- Jesse will jump in front of the camera. Here's a cause with no fanfare. Guess what -- No Jesse. Sigh.

I'm sick of the UN and I'm sick of Jesse Jackson. The slaves of Niger need help. I suppose it's up to us. Make a donation to Anti-Slavery International.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is appalling that slavery is still rampant in the modern world. It is also extremely disgusting how readily the big brother(s) of the world turn a blind eye to atrocities when it does not inflict on his(their) own interests.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

Great post! So much for internationalsim. I am sure the U.N. has a commission for this issue. They are probably based in Geneva and spend hours discussing the situation over lunches and dinners at three star restaurants. Jesse's busy with his shakedown routine.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Maybe they should get Jesse to head that committee. Two birds, one stone.

3:55 PM  

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