NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 176

This is exactly what they did, however, by signing the “Petition to the United Nations for Relief from a Crime of the United States Government against the Negro People” launched by William L. Patterson and the Civil Rights Congress. 26 Handed in to the United Nations Secretariat by Paul Robeson on 16 December 1951, the petition was prevented from reaching the General Assembly but it was distributed in brochure form shortly afterwards under the title “We Charge Genocide: The Crime of Government against the Negro People.” 27 This was a sign of resistance during the heart of the Cold War and a powerful symbol since the United States had never before been subject to such an accusation. 28 It also signaled the beginnings of a long lasting comparison which would lead to the greatest solidarity, but also to the worst competition for victimhood status, between Blacks and Jews. The petition had borrowed the notion of genocide developed by Raphael Lemkin in order to describe the Nazi annihilation of European Jews. The petition referred explicitly to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted by the United Natio ???B?X?[X?\? NM ?X??[YH[?????B?? L??[?X\?H NMLK?H[?]Y?]\???\??Y[?X??Z[?Y???H?]Y?Z[?H???[?[?]H[YK?]X?^?[?H?Y?YH?]\?H?H???[?[???X?]\?H]?X\?Y]]ZY??B?^[?Y??\??X?[\?[??Y[???H[?H[?]Y?]\? ?B???Y??HH?X?????\???\]Y[??\?[[??\?H?]?[???B??]?\?[?H?X???\???]?Y[??[??[??[????\?Y?\?H?\??[?\?X?[\?H]H?Y?[??[????H NML?H??\\?\???]?Y[???^?H?[Y\?[??X?\??[Y\??X?[YB?[?X??\X?H?]X?[\??[Y[???????X\????\??HHY[[?H??\?][?\?\??H?Y?Y?Z[????^?\?K?\?\??[?X[H?[\[?Y??HHY?\?[??H\?[?[??X??H??X?]?H?]?\?Y[[?H?B????]\?Y??Y]Z?[??\B?[?HX?X??\?N??X??H?X??[?H[?H??]\???]\??\?B??Z[???[Y]?\?H[??H[??[????[[X\?H^X?][?????X?[??????\???\?\?X?H??]H[?[??\?X?HX?\?Y[??X??X\?H NML?? ???'8?)?H??ZY?[?HY???HZ\??\??\K???]?\??[?K?[??XK[X?[XB??H?\?[?[?X?]H?]\???H???[?X?]H[? NM H[??]?B?\?\?[???\??\\?Y?X?[\??HZY?]?H?Y[?H\?\????YH??^H???\??[???[[? ??YK ?B??\?H?\?^x?%?[?X\?[??[B?H?]?[???X???'H ???M???][??\??Z?HX[?H?\???\??]Y?\[?H?Y[??H[??????[][?\??\????\???\?B??[??[Y?HY?\?[??\?\????\???[?Y\?\??Y[H??[?H?\??YX?Y??[??[??[??\??\?[???]?]H?[?Y\?H?[???H?]????\?\??X?X?[\?\?\??\?H??[X??]K?\??]Y \??Y]Y[????X??Y?HH?\????\???\?X??\?Y??Z[??H??ZY??H?B?H??H[?H?\?H??[Z]YH??[?P[Y\?X?[?X?]?]Y\? XX?K?B??XX?Y?H\?[?[??\?X?\?][??[?]]Y\? ?HX?[??Y [?]?[????[[?Y?H??YH?\???Y\????Y[????\???X?[YHH\?XZ[??\?????[??K??XZ?HX]\????HH??[????\?X]?HB?[?]Y?]\??[??HH?]H\\?Y[??Y?[??[Y\?\???[??[H NML ?\?]Y?H??K???P??\??H??X[??\?Y?\??Y?[??X??[??X\?YH?X\?[?\?[??XK??]?[??H?[YH[???YY?HH??Y[??H[Y\?X?[?]]?]Y\?\??Y???]?[?[H???H?]X?^?[??B?[?]Y?]\?X???Y ??????Q?S L? L?[?? M???K?L??L? L??SB??