Commentary: Ferguson riot reveals U.S. racial divide, human rights flaw

To President Barack Obama:

Uncle Sam has witnessed numerous shooting sprees on its own land and launched incessant drone attacks on foreign soil, resulting in heavy civilian casualties. Each country has its own national conditions that might lead to different social problems. Obviously, what the United States needs to do is to concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others.

 

US police brutality hints to genocide of blacks


 

In his landmark speech, “I have a dream,” civil rights leader Martin Luther King voiced his strong aspiration for equal rights of the black people in U.S. society.

 

Fifty years later, such a dream has been partially realized. The African Americans living in the United States today are enjoying elevated political and social status. Notably, the country is having its first African-American president in history.

 

However, despite the progress, racial divide still remains a deeply-rooted chronic disease that keeps tearing U.S. society apart, just as manifested by the latest racial riot in Missouri.

 

Stunned and enraged by the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, a large number of residents in the suburban St. Louis town in Ferguson took to the streets and staged a tense standoff with police in riot gear.

 

In history, racial tensions cut deep in U.S. society. Even now, the scar is obviously far from being fully healed.

 

Some might argue that racial differences and conflicts are unavoidable in a “melting pot” like the United States, where people from virtually every corner of the world converge and seek common lives.

 

However, it is undeniable that racial discrimination against African Americans or other ethnic minorities, though not as obvious as in the past, still persists in every aspect of U.S. social lives, including employment, housing, education, and particularly, justice.

 

In the worst U.S. violence in recent times, the acquittal of four white policemen in the beating of a black motorist in 1992 sparked a six-day riot involving thousands of people across the metropolitan area of Los Angeles, leaving an astounding 51 people dead.

 

In a highly-mixed society like the United States, such racial inequalities could only jeopardize social peace and security. It is highly advisable for the country to make extra efforts to effectively uproot racism in all fields so as to prevent tragedies from recurring.

 

The Ferguson incident once again demonstrates that even if in a country that has for years tried to play the role of an international human rights judge and defender, there is still much room for improvement at home.

 

In its annual human rights report issued in February, the United States assaulted almost 200 countries across the world for their so-called poor human rights records.

 

However, the U.S. human rights flaws extend far beyond racial issues. As revealed by famous whistleblower Edward Snowden, the U.S. government has hacked into emails and mobile phones of ordinary Americans as well as leaders of other countries, including traditional U.S. allies.

 

What’s more, Uncle Sam has witnessed numerous shooting sprees on its own land and launched incessant drone attacks on foreign soil, resulting in heavy civilian casualties.

 

Each country has its own national conditions that might lead to different social problems. Obviously, what the United States needs to do is to concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others.

 

An international lawyer has slammed the US police for taking “unlawful and criminal” measures against demonstrators protesting against the shooting dead of an African-American teenager.

 

“And there are studies which show that the predominant policy – and this is a secret policy within the intelligence agencies of the United States government – is genocide toward the black population,” Alfred Lambremont Webre, an international lawyer from Vancouver, told Press TV in an interview on Monday.

 

“The actions by the policemen in this case are unlawful and they are a criminal action; they could be manslaughter; they could be murder and they are violation of the constitutional rights of the deceased,” Webre added.

 

The lawyer stated that the US police department “holds itself above the law and does not want its actions or its members submitted to a legal process and that is increasingly the case in the United States.”

 

He went on to say that in New York City, racial profiling is a statistical fact and stop-and-frisk is based on race.

 

The commentator also stated that the “police authorities and the national authorities including President [Barack] Obama should be put on notice that the world is watching the United States as fascistic unlawful police behavior becomes the norm.”

 

On August 9, a white police officer shot multiple times and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, protests over the fatal shooting have been held in the predominantly African-American town every night.

 

Riot police have cracked down on the protests, using tear gas, stun grenades and gunfire.

 

An autopsy carried out on the body of the victim has shown that he was shot at least six times from very close range.

 

According to reports, Brown was shot in the head twice. The other four bullets struck him in the right arm and all six were fired into his front.

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