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Of course, the story only reports the usual one side of the racial divide. And, as with anything from the UN, a grain of salt is in order. Yet, here, they may be on to something.

A UN committee tasked with combatting racism has issued a formal “early warning” over conditions in the United States, a rare move often used to signal the potential of a looming civil conflict.

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said it had invoked its “early warning and urgent action procedure” because of the proliferation of racist demonstrations in the US.

It specifically noted the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a woman was killed after an avowed white supremacist ploughed his car into a group of anti-racism counterprotestors.

The racism committee, part of the UN human rights office, can issue a formal early warning to help prevent “existing problems from escalating into conflict” or to “prevent a resumption of conflict where it has previously occurred”, according to the rights office website.

The US warning marks the seventh such alert issued in the past decade.

They mainly concern countries gripped by ethnic and religious strife, including Burundi, Nigeria, Iraq and Ivory Coast.

One wonders if this is escalation or resumption.

At any rate, at least we’re in good company. Burundi, Nigeria, Iraq, and Ivory Coast are all advanced nations with strong economies, nuclear power, outstanding schools, and thriving space programs… USA! USA! USA!

And this seeming a tad late for an early warning. Probably, the time for early action would have been in the 60’s, better addressing civil rights and halting the Immigration Act of 1965. The time for emergency action was probably 30 years ago. What comes now? Who knows? Peace and happiness, surely.

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