The United States is strangling democracy

जागरणपोस्ट २१ जेष्ठ २०७७, बुधबार १४:३९

By-Bijay Gyawali

    Well-known philosopher Noam Chosky rightly said that Europeans have been violent since ancient times. In particular, the United Kingdom and the United States have been increasingly violent over the past 500 years, and they love violence. They cannot accept the existence and progress of anyone other than themselves, they want to keep them under their control.

   On May 25, 2020, a case of brutal murder came to light in a detention center in Minneapolis, USA. The United States is on fire after 46-year-old George Floyd, an African-American man arrested in connection with an illegal बिल 20 bill, was brutally strangled to death by police in custody. According to reports, the black man was strangled to death by Minneapolis City Police Officer Derek Sovin, who had been on his knees for about eight minutes. According to Insider magazine, Sovin, along with four other police officers, Thomas Lane, Tau Thao and J.P. Alexander Kung was also found to be a participant. According to the magazine, Sovin and Floyd worked together at a nightclub in Minneapolis. Sovin has been working as a security officer and Floyd Bouncer for many years since 2019.

   For the United States, which teaches the world a lesson in democracy and human rights, the issue of the brutal murder of an Afro-American citizen is being discussed around the world, with the message that the United States itself is not committed to human rights and democracy.

  Martin Luther King, Jr., a longtime nonviolent activist for equal rights and dignity for black citizens, was assassinated in 1968, and the United States is facing a more violent uprising. On the one hand, the United States, which has been devastated by the Corona disaster, is in crisis due to the apartheid movement. The anti-apartheid movement has seen violent demonstrations and looting in more than 75 US cities. The protests have led to the issuance of curfew orders in 40 of the most violent cities, with Trump forced to hide in bunkers and the deployment of troops in protest cities.

   This is not the first time that blacks have been brutally murdered in the United States. Like George Floyd, another black man, Eric Garner, was strangled to death in New York in 2014. He was arrested and charged with selling open cigarettes. Another black man, Trevon Martin, was shot dead in Florida in 2012, but a white man was acquitted by a court. In August 2014, a black man named Michael Brown was killed in Missouri, USA. Police were also involved in his murder. Protests erupted in the United States against the killings, but no results were forthcoming. Hannah Williams, a 17-year-old black woman, was shot dead by police on July 13, 2019. In 2015, 24-year-old Kala Jamar Clark was brutally killed by police. In 2016, another 32-year-old black, Philando Castile, was killed by police. In 2018, 31-year-old Black Thurman Blevins was shot in the back by police.

   These are just a few examples of the brutal repression and killing of blacks in the United States. According to a report released by the Washington Post in 2018, white citizens are more likely to face police harassment than white citizens arrested by police in the United States. There are more black citizens than white citizens who are being persecuted in this way.

   In the United States, which is plagued by apartheid and racism, the gap between black and white citizens seems to have widened. In the United States, if a white citizen is killed by a black citizen, the issue can be very difficult to resolve, and there are plenty of examples of white people being killed by a white man in a dramatic way. In addition to the case of George Floyd, the court ruled in favor of white citizens in three other cases. What is also clear from this is that apartheid in the United States is rooted in the administration and even in the courts.

   The above example shows that in the United States, even the smallest mistake made by a black person is subject to extreme torture, and for a white citizen, an attack on a black person is common. Most of the occasional shootings in the United States have been perpetrated by white citizens, and dozens of civilians, from school children to pedestrians, have been killed in such shootings. Another inability for the United States to control the weapons it possesses, even when dozens of civilians are killed each year in unprovoked shootings in the United States.

   Many tragic events have taken place in the United States due to the growing “gun culture”. Despite this, President Trump does not seem to be in the mood to rein in this culture. On the contrary, he has been saying that there will be no amendment to the right of citizens to own guns as long as he is president. According to a survey, 40 percent of Americans have a gun in their hand. In 2016 alone, 11,000 people were shot dead in the United States. In fact, would it be fair to say that the United States, which never tires of advocating for democracy and human rights around the world, is committed to democracy and human rights until 11,000 people are shot dead in a single year? Aren’t the citizens who were shot dead? Didn’t those citizens have the right to live?

   In the United States, on the other hand, more than 10,000 cases of racial discrimination are reported each year, with most black citizens reporting harassment. Isn’t such a case a shame for the United States, which teaches democracy, human rights and equality around the world? On what moral basis does the United States confront the rest of the world without properly addressing the issue of racial discrimination and atrocities in its home?

   The movement against racial discrimination in the United States, which lasted from 1955 to 1968, outlawed discriminatory treatment of whites and blacks. The Black Power Movement, which began in 1966, ended in 1975. The movement brought an end to racial discrimination in the United States and ensured that black citizens, like white citizens, enjoy full access to services, respect, opportunity, and rights in the United States. Even after that arrangement, the oppression and killing of black people in the United States did not stop. The recent decline in blacks has brought the debate between blacks and whites back to the surface in the United States. In comparison, blacks are poorer in the United States than whites. Due to which they have been discriminated against in every field.

   However, in the United States, not only racial discrimination but also communal discrimination remains. The events of September 11 can be attributed to the same sectarian divide that has been endorsed by the current President Donald Trump. While on the ballot, Trump sought to prevent the Muslim community from entering the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, there are about 3.3 million Muslims in the United States. With an average population of 322 million, the share of the Muslim community in the United States is only 1 percent. Trump, who has been increasing his surveillance of the Muslim community since winning the election, has also adopted a tough policy on the Muslim community.

   Teaching the world the lessons of democratic values ​​and human rights, the United States has perpetuated religious and racial discrimination in its own country, and has been brutally attacking and discriminating against them. Despite the announcement of an end to racial and sectarian discrimination during the presidency of Afro-American Barack Obama, the drug riots persisted. When blacks were killed, the culprit was given only minimal action, but the court always suffered from a racist mentality.

   Democracy is a system established by thought, expression, belief, prestige and the dignity of the individual. The United States, which never tires of calling for democracy and human rights in the world, is strangling ideas, expression, faith, prestige and respect. In the United States, the world’s most vocal human rights group, civilians are shot in broad daylight, blacks are brutally oppressed, and disciples are raped from the age of 16. According to a report released by the White House, about 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been raped. According to public reports, 1 out of every 5 female students in the United States is a victim of sexual abuse, while only one out of every 8 cases of sexual abuse is reported by the police. Thus, more than 33 percent of the victims of sexual abuse are black women. How can the United States, forgetting the deteriorating state of democracy and human rights in its own country, teach the world the lessons of democracy and human rights?

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