U.S. hypocricy

Charles Brown CharlesB at SPAMCNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Sat Mar 10 12:58:09 MST 2001

Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the March 15, 2001
issue of Workers World newspaper


By Scott Scheffer

The U.S. State Department issued a distorted review of
global human rights to Congress on Feb. 25. The report
presumes to analyze human rights in 195 countries-not
including the United States.

Countries that have inspired the world with their resistance
to U.S. imperialism's efforts to plant its flag in their
soil, like Cuba and Iraq, were said to have "rapidly
deteriorating human rights conditions."

On the other hand, the report obscures the class truth about
the people's movements in Colombia and Palestine. It treats
the repressive Israeli government and the murderous right-
wing paramilitary forces in Colombia as gingerly as

Most of its venom was reserved for China. So, for the second
year in a row, the Chinese government released a report the
day after the release of the State Department's review
entitled "U.S. Human Rights Record in 2000" that exposes the
hypocrisy of the State Department.

The statement draws most of its information from U.S.
official sources. Much of the information has been made
public before. Nonetheless, it is powerful for its timing,
and by virtue of the fact that this damning information is
all in one place.

Of course, the statistics on the U.S. prison system alone
are shocking enough. About 6.3 million men and women-3
percent of the adult population in the U.S.--were on
probation, on parole, or in jail at the end of 1999.

The U.S. prison population has grown by 44.6 percent since
1990 to more than two million men and women--or 25 percent
of the world's prison population. Some 1.5 million children
have one or both parents in prison.

The authors point out that more than 98 percent of judges in
the U.S. are white, and nearly half of the prison population
is African American, while another 16 percent are Latino.
Unemployment for African Americans is twice that for whites.

The United States is one of only five countries that
sentence juveniles to death, and has the highest number of
such sentences. According to U.S. Department of Justice
sources, between 1985 and 1997 the number of inmates under
18 held in adult prisons increased from 3,400 to 7,400.

But prison statistics aren't all. The article goes on to
show that human rights for poor people in the U.S. are
abysmal in many other ways.

It points out that "Human trafficking and sexual slavery is
now the third most profitable form of illegal business in
the U.S., at about seven billion U.S. dollars annually,
according to incomplete statistics." It cites a United
Nations Children's Fund report that the number of U.S.
children in poverty is second highest of all industrialized
countries. Thirteen million U.S. children are poverty-
stricken-three million more than in 1979.

It also exposes the myth that the road to justice and
equality is through capitalist elections, pointing out that
the 2000 elections cost $3 billion, and that 26 out of 32
Senate races and 417 out of 433 House races were won by the
candidates with the most money.

The authors slam the imperialist military, saying that "the
U.S. has waged wars in foreign countries and regions more
than 40 times in the 1990s." They turn the tables on the
question of weapons of mass destruction, pointing out the
Pentagon's use of "cluster bombs and Depleted Uranium
shells, which are banned by international law."

The article by the government of the PRC is a timely
retaliatory strike against the lies of the U.S. State
Department. It's also a well-documented response to the anti-
China propaganda that comes from the world's worst violator
of human rights.

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