Andrew Young: U.S. ambassador and Carter
After Jimmy Carter was elected for presidency in 1976, he asked Andrew Young to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Young proudly accepted the position as ambassador. His hope was to take Martin Luther King’s vision concerning racial equality to the next level by taking an international step. Young wanted to help Carter understand and stress the importance of human rights as a key element of foreign policy and ultimately wanted to improve U.S. relations with African nations. Chapter four discusses in detail how Andrew Young played a significant role in improving relations with Africa and giving more attention to human rights. It shows how Young helped Carter with foreign policy and his great accomplishments that he does not receive enough credit for.
In Chapter four DeRoche discusses how influential Young was after becoming appointed to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by Carter. Carter chose Young to be UN ambassador because of his close personal connection with Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement. In Carter’s eyes this made him uniquely qualified for the job and gave him the credentials of what Carter wanted him to accomplish as ambassador. This chapter gives specific examples of when Young has made a difference or at least gained some improvement in relations with African nations and how he improved civil rights.
One of the examples DeRoche gives is about the primary issues Carter and Young worked on, which was the conflict in Southern Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe. Southern Rhodesia had wanted independence from South Africa for a while. Young finally took action and made change in Southern Rhodesia happen. “Young worked closely with Carter and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance to develop the U.S. policy, which ultimately facilitated the transition to the new nation of Zimbabwe” (DeRoche 71). This example showed us how Young showed Carter the importance of Southern Rhodesia and...