Ferguson shows the price America pays for criticizing other nations

for their human rights abuses: greater scrutiny for its own problems.



Ferguson Riots Expose American 'Human Rights Flaws' (Xinhua, China)


The Beijing leadership has seized on events in Ferguson to attack American criticism of China's abysmal human rights policies toward its own ethnic minorities. In this column for China's state-run Xinhua, columnist Li Li writes that before the United States criticizes others, it should address its own 'human rights flaws,' and be more understanding of 'national conditions' that contribute to such problems in other countries.


By Li Li


August 22, 2014


People's Republic of China - Xinhua - Original Article (English)

BEIJING: In his landmark "I have a dream" speech, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. voiced strong aspirations for the equal rights of Black people in the United States.


Fifty years later, the dream has been partly realized. African Americans today enjoy an elevated political and social status, and notably, the country has its first African-American president.


Despite progress, however, a racial divide remains a deeply-rooted chronic disease that continues to tear U.S. society apart, as manifested by the latest racial rioting in Missouri.


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


Historically, racial tensions cut deep in American society, and even now, the scar is obviously far from 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 to live together. However, it is undeniable that racial discrimination against African Americans and other ethnic minorities, although not as obvious as in the past, persists in every aspect of American social life, including in employment, housing, education, and particularly, justice.

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


In a highly-mixed society like the United States, racial inequalities can only serve to 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 such tragedies from recurring.



The Ferguson incident once again demonstrates that even in a country that has for years tried to play the role of international human rights judge and defender, there is 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, U.S. human rights flaws extend far beyond racial issues. As revealed by famed whistleblower Edward Snowden, the U.S. government has hacked into the e-mails 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 territory and launched incessant drone attacks on foreign soil, resulting in heavy civilian casualties.


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



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