USA embroiled in allegations of religious bigotry, racial discrimination and election fraud.
Centre for Democracy, Pluralism and Human Rights, has come out with a startling report on human rights violations in United States of America. According to this report, in recent years, free speech rights and freedom of the press have been eroded and Internet controls have been institutionalized. Voices are suppressed on social media, the academia, as well as the print and broadcast media, and are forced to speak in one voice that matches the opinion of the USA government officials, and as per the new policies to control the internet, which have been put in place by intelligence officials, and masqueraded as policies to advance the free-speech rights of the common people. In general, any opinion that is not part of the approved ‘liberal’ discourse or the approved ‘conservative’ discourse is branded as an ‘extremist’ position, and people with independent positions are hounded out of the public space.
Following are the other shocking highlights of the Report:
1. RACIAL DISCRIMINATION: RACISM IS DEEPLY ENTRENCHED IN THE SYSTEM
Structural Racism Built into the State Constitution Some of the provisions in the State Constitution are racist and continue to date, like the Three-Fifths Clause which violates the principle of equality, and the Fugitive Slave Clause which did not permit people to escape slavery.
Three-Fifths Clause (Native Indians, not to be numbered equally but three-fourths)
“Representations and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three-fifths of all other persons.”
The 3rd Clause of the 4th Article of the USA Constitution authorizes the enslavers to seize enslaved people:
“No person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.”
The Constitutions of California and New York states too have racist provisions, which are meant to deny housing and disfranchise Native Americans respectively.
Systemic Issues: Racism and Corruption in the Legal System and Judiciary
The law enforcement agencies, legal system, and the judiciary have all built up a reputation for corruption and racism.
In particular, a harsh law passed in 1994 was designed to ensure that Blacks would face a cruel justice system and long prison terms which would, in turn, benefit the owners of private prisons. Blacks are given more severe punishment by judges for the same crimes.
The composition of the judiciary is racist in nature. Most of the positions are filled by Whites and fewer Blacks, Asians, and Native Americans in proportion to their population. Even Clerkships are not offered to Blacks easily. However, Blacks lead in the number of wrongful convictions.
Racism is Institutionalized in Political Parties
Both the parties have been hypocritical in their conviction to end racism and none of them framed a comprehensive policy to eradicate it. Leaders of both parties have made racist remarks at multiple occasions, venting out their ingrained racism.
Lack of Representation of Minorities in Media and Academia
Media and academia have less representation of minorities. Those minority members are included who embrace the agenda of White supremacists. Blacks are not easily allowed into the faculty despite the existence of a large number of qualified Black applicants.
Use of Blacks and other Minorities and Organizations Purporting to Represent them as Pawns
Instead of treating Blacks, Hispanics, and Muslims as equals with respect, they are used as pawns and puppets by the White supremacist political establishment through a process of using intermediaries from each ethnic or religious group. Blacks are also controlled by organizations created by Whites.
Poverty is Higher in Blacks
Use of Legacy Admission Processes and Affirmative Action Programs to Benefit Whites
Affirmative action programs also help Whites as the admission process is not transparent and objective. Then some more categories are added to benefit Whites.
Use of Abortion to Cull the Black Population
Blacks in the USA are extremely agitated that Planned Parenthood, an organization controlled by White people and which performs abortions, targets Blacks to cull the Black population. Black women have the highest abortion rate.
White Savior Complex
The term is a way used by Whites to take advantage.
Appropriation of Native American Culture
Segregation in Churches
Many pastors of Black churches too are controlled by Whites.
The government labels disparaging terms for universities run by Blacks.
Racism in Immigration Policies
RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION: WIDELY PREVALENT YET LESS TALKED ABOUT DISCRIMINATION IN THE USA
Religious minorities, particularly non-Abrahamic religions, like Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains face discrimination.
Zoning Laws are Used to Deny Hindus and Buddhists to Construct Places of Worship Attack By Ruling Politicians on the Holy Symbols of Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists
Politicians have been trying the government to criminalize the use of the swastika. A Bill was also brought to declare the swastika as a symbol of hate.
The Curriculum Indoctrinates Students by Teaching Biblical Miracles as History and Discriminate against Hinduism
In California, the sixth and seventh-grade history curriculum requires students to learn that miraculous events in the Bible were actual historical events. In contrast, Hinduism is singled out for hostile treatment in the textbooks and Hindu beliefs are ridiculed.
American Universities Sponsor Attacks on Hinduism
The University of California at Davis has been a sponsor of a conference that targets Hinduism and propagates the hateful messages of certain Christian fundamentalists.
There is no history of any American university hosting a similar conference spewing hostility against any other religion.
Minority Buddhist and Hindu Temples and Mosques in USA Face Routine Violent Attacks ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION AGAINST INDIGENOUS ‘NATIVE AMERICANS’ Ownership of land of Native Americans is not with Them, but the Federal Government
The US government keeps Native Americans in poverty by not allowing them to manage their own lands but by putting the federal government in charge of managing their lands and minerals. This has been going on since 1831, yet tribes have not been able to get back their lost sovereignty despite continuous struggles.
Dignity Denied to Native Americans
Native Americans had their income 68% below the USA average 20% of households earning less than 5000 $ annually as compared to the 6% national average; the rape rate of women is 2.5 times higher than the national average, and the child abuse rate is double.
The identity of Native Americans has been appropriated by White politicians for their own advancement.
GENDER DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE
Gender-based Violence: Sexual Violence is Normalised
In a study conducted on 1965 students in grades 7-12, 48% of students had faced some form of sexual harassment during the year of the study. The campus rape rate in schools is around 19%.
Sexual Exploitation by Men in Power
Sexual exploitation by those in power is a matter of grave concern. Statistics show that nearly 1 in every 5 American women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape. Big political names have figured in sexual exploitation, including the Presidents of the country.
Women are Treated as Inferior by the American Media and the Government Women and Feminist Organizations are Controlled by Men
Women have also been used by the American government to advance their political agenda. It is well known that the feminist icon of the 1960s and 1970s, Gloria Steinem, was, in fact, a CIA agent.
Sexual Abuse of Children
As per a report, in 2014, there are an estimated 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the United States of America. Sexual abuse of young children is rampant among government officials and powerful politicians, but such abuse is either covered up or the perpetrators are let off with light sentences.
As per a study, one in five women has been raped in their lifetime. Almost half of the rape victims in the USA are raped by an acquaintance.
Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
As per a study, 42% of working women say they have experienced gender discrimination at the workplace, and 25% of working women were paid fewer wages as compared to men for the same work.
DEMOCRACY IN NAME, NOT IN ACTION: DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE
The Election Processes are Controlled and Rigged by Government as well as Political Parties’ Officials
Democratic principles are undermined. Party organizations manipulate electoral rolls. Many types of election frauds are rampant, one common being the ‘discovery’ of bags of previously uncounted votes during and even after the counting of votes.
Voting Rights of Blacks, Hispanics, and other Minorities are Suppressed
Political parties in the USA have resisted all efforts to provide voter identification cards to Black American citizens. The absence of voter identification cards to prevent electoral fraud is a systemic irregularity in the voting systems of several states in the United States of America that is used to perpetuate European White supremacists’ political power while subjugating Blacks. Views Other than Those of the Two Main Parties are Suppressed during Elections