Sunday, June 24, 2018

U.S. Response to UN Poverty Report: "I Really Don't Care. Do U?"

On Friday, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty Philip Alston, formally delivered his report on U.S. poverty and inequality to the UN Human Rights Council.  Noting that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley had called the Human Rights Council a "cesspool of political bias" just days before when the US withdrew from the body, Alston reported that he had seen real cesspools during his tour of the U.S., notably in in the backyards of Lowndes County,  Alabama.

Ambassador Haley also had some choice words for Alston's report, calling it a "waste of time and resources."  Perhaps, some speculated, she forgot that the visit occurred at the invitation of the Trump Administration.  And perhaps she didn't have a chance to look at the Special Rapporteur's twitter account or the articles generated by his visit, which chronicle in great detail, in words and pictures, the poverty that he viewed as he toured the US. 

Maybe, some speculated, the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council wasn't just because of Israeli controversies, but also because the US wasn't willing to accept criticism concerning the nation's deep inequality and growing pockets of abject poverty. 

Regardless, Nikki Haley didn't need a Zara jacket to send her message about US poverty and inequality to the American people, "I Really Don't Care.  Do U?"

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