Human rights situation in US seen through racism and hate crime

February 13, 2023

The whole of American society is in a whirlwind of racism and hate crime from the very beginning of the New Year.

On January 7, a group of police officers in Tennessee of the US beat a 29-year-old black man to death for the reason that he violated traffic regulations, much to the consternation of the world.

People get overheated in their demand that the killers be severely punished. Against this backdrop, a video clip showing the police officers pommeling the black man with fists and batons for 4 minutes during the incident was released, triggering a social uproar against racism.

Demonstrations in protest against the barbarous acts of the policemen are now in the rapid spread on a nationwide scale in the US including Oakland, New York, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles.

Biden, being nonplused at this, made poor excuses in “crocodile tears” that only practical actions are needed to prevent such a tragedy, but the public indignation is running higher.

“I can’t breathe!”--the dying cry of Floyd, young black man killed by the violence of a white policeman, gave the world a great shock, to say nothing of the US. No sooner had the shock been subdued than another black man-killing incident by the police has occurred. This clearly shows the hypocrisy of the slogan of “racial equality”.

On January 21, when the public indignation at the incident of the police murdering the young black man remains unabated all over the country, a tragic incident occurred where an armed man fired randomly at Asian people gathering at the Asian residential district in Los Angeles to celebrate the lunar New Year’s Day, killing scores of persons there.

As Biden made an official acknowledgement that Asian Americans are suffering from pain and violence caused by hate crimes, it became an incurable endemic disease of American make.

According to statistics, more than 12 000 hate crimes were committed against Asian people in various parts of the US from March 2020 to March 2022 and the number of crime cases rose to 177% in 2022 alone.

No wonder even the UN Secretary-General, who used to feign ignorance about the human rights situation of the US, issued a statement as he was greatly shocked by the reality of hate crimes in the US.

Racism, hate crime and gun-related crime had already become a symbol representing the human rights plight of the US, which pretends to be a “world-famous exemplary state of human rights.”

Working masses are writhing in poverty and despair as they are not provided with even the basic right to existence, and all sorts of social evils like extreme hatred, racial discrimination and gun-related crimes are rife in the US. In such a country, human rights are nothing but a mirage.

Notwithstanding the reality, the US habitually interferes in the internal affairs of others, finding fault with their human rights issues.

Recently, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticized the US, saying that it talks loud about democracy, freedom and human rights, and even abuses them as tools of interference in the internal affairs of others. And he noted that the US government should squarely see its serious human rights situation and better deal with it to prevent the repeat of tragedy. This assertion is quite natural.

If the US beats the drum of human rights full of falsehood and fabrication, it would only play the role of a high-power loudspeaker which magnifies its dismal human rights situation where all sorts of social evils are rampant.

Kim Chung Hyok, researcher of the Korean Association for Human Rights Studies

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