Published May 27, 2021 by Nan Mykel

It seemed kind of strange to me back in 10/23/2004 when posted the story that “Bush Signs Global ‘Anti-Semitism’ Law.” Don’t get me wrong–I’ve laid flowers at Auschwitz–but why pick one area of human rights violations and not others? In fact, his state department had opposed the legislation, saying it was unnecessary as the department already includes such information in its annual reports on human rights and religious freedom.

“Today I signed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. This law commits the government to keep a record of anti-Semitic acts throughout the world, and also a record of responses to those acts,” Bush said.

Then it occurred to me–even in 2004, when I clipped the article– that the state department should cite the US on such a list, and then wondered how racism is categorized, and if our acts against people of color are being lawfully recorded along with responses to those acts.


  • I don’t have an experience to share just now, but I have a comment.

    For every race and every minority, we must pass individual laws to achieve some standard of equality. Except for the white males, of course. And grown men with degrees from the most prominent universities and colleges state unequivocally that there is no systemic race issue in America. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of education and they are still guided by the Pentateuch.


  • Nan, what is interesting, MLK receives a Nobel Peace Prize and it does not get the notoriety here it deserves. I remember the debate on giving a holiday to honor MLK, when some wanted to honor Elvis instead. Elvis? The era of slavery was replaced with an era of Jim Crow, which led to some of the most atrocious behavior in American history. So, yes racism is a human rights violation. Just ask Emmett Till, the four Birmingham girls and four boys, and the countless others who were maimed and hung on a tree captured in the song “Strange Fruit.” And, now we have taken a step backwards it seems. Keith


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