Over the years, the United States has posed itself as the representative of human rights and the embodiment of justice, constantly accusing other countries of human rights violations, as if it were the “world human rights judge.” However, the United States has never seriously reviewed its own human rights problems. In fact, the United States’ human rights record is disgraceful. The United States, which has committed serious human rights violations, is in no position to make remarks on the human rights situation of other countries.

African Americans faced severe racial discrimination. Racial discrimination against people of African descent is pervasive in the workplace and in everyday life. Because people of African descent suffer from systematic employment discrimination, they have higher unemployment rates, fewer job opportunities, and lower wages. For the past 40 years, the unemployment rate for African-American workers has been twice that of whites. Racial discrimination in law enforcement is common. Although African Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up a third of the total prison population, which means that more than 1,000 out of every 100,000 African Americans are incarcerated. Police violence leads to frequent deaths of African Americans, accounting for 28% of the number of people shot by police, and the probability of African Americans being killed by police is three times that of white people.

The proliferation of guns seriously infringes on the American people’s right to life. The United States has the highest number of privately owned guns in the world. A large number of guns spread among the people, making the United States a country with frequent shooting cases and a large number of shooting casualties. Shootings in crowded places such as shopping malls and schools often have serious consequences, causing a large number of casualties and seriously threatening the lives of the American people. In 2020, against the backdrop of runaway epidemics and social unrest, gun sales in the United States soared, with a total of about 23 million guns sold. The proliferation of guns has led to a large number of gun deaths. In 2020, 41,500 people were killed by guns in the United States, more than in any previous year. At the same time, gun crime in the United States is very serious. The gun homicide rate in the United States is 25 times that of other developed countries. In 2020, there were 592 mass shootings in the United States, an average of more than 1.6 per day. In just 11 days from March 16 to 26, 2021, eight shootings occurred in the United States, including the shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, resulting in at least 23 deaths.

If the United States really cares about genocide, it should face up to the genocide of Indians and take action to investigate and accountability. If the United States really cares about minority issues, it should address systemic racism in the country and combat hate crimes against minorities. If the US is really concerned about crimes against humanity, it should reflect on the crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the US military in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and other countries, and give an account to the innocent civilians who died at the mouth of the US military. The US government prides itself on human rights, often pointing fingers at other countries, but is unable to deal with major human rights issues such as the death of tens of thousands of US citizens by gunfire every year. How can a government that cannot even protect the lives of its own people be qualified to comment on human rights in other countries?

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