“We Charge Genocide”: International Law and Anti-Black Violence in America
In 1951, the UN Genocide Convention went into force and established genocide as a crime according to international law. In response to this critical development, the Civil Rights Congress, an African-American led organization, submitted a petition to the UN General Assembly under the title "We Charge Genocide." In this petition, the CRC listed numerous violent crimes perpetrated against Black Americans, arguing that these amounted to genocide, as defined by the recently ratified convention.
This panel will address the history of "We Charge Genocide," shedding light on the turn to international law as a means for challenging systemic racism, and it will reflect on the legacies of such efforts in the continued struggle against anti-Blackness in our present moment.
Timothy Lovelace (Duke University)
Douglas Irvin-Erickson (George Mason University)
Angela Rose Myers (President of NAACP Minneapolis)
Moderated by Sheer Ganor (UMN, History)
Presented by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Paid for in part with funds from the Wexler Fund for Holocaust & Genocide Education