The police response to riots and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri has even shocked apologists for the Chinese government, with state media lecturing the United States about its penchant for pointing the finger at others for human rights abuses while ignoring its own advice at home.
In an editorial for Xinhua, a news outlet described as “a ministry-level department subordinate to the State Council” whose president is “a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China,” the U.S. is chastised for its hypocrisy.
The Ferguson incident once again demonstrates that even if in a country that has for years tried to play the role of an international human rights judge and defender, there is still 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, the U.S. human rights flaws extend far beyond racial issues. As revealed by famous whistleblower Edward Snowden, the U.S. government has hacked into emails 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 land and launched incessant drone attacks on foreign soil, resulting in heavy civilian casualties.
Each country has its own national conditions that might lead to different social problems. Obviously, what the United States needs to do is to concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others.
There are clearly two primary issues to arise out of a Communist Party mouthpiece lecturing the United States on human rights in America.
The first is the obvious rampant hypocrisy being exhibited by apologists for a regime that habitually crushes anti-government demonstrations with ruthless precision within the historical context of the Tiananmen Square massacre, during which hundreds if not thousands of student protesters were slaughtered on the streets of Beijing.
The second point of note is the illustrative nature of how much of a police state America is becoming that even the Communist Chinese are shocked at the scenes coming out of Ferguson, Missouri and the escalation in military-style tactics to suppress dissent.
“Whether or not the U.S. ever deserved the moral high ground it possessed just after World War II, this position has been clearly lost in the eyes of the world, and increasingly domestically as well. Politicians can continue to repeat catch phrases from the 1950’s all they want. Itâ€™s not going to make a shred of difference,” writes Mike Krieger.
China was joined by Egypt, not exactly a bastion of freedom itself, in condemning authorities in America for the way they have handled disorder in Ferguson, with the government there calling on police to show more restraint.
Earlier this year, Egyptian authorities sentenced 529 supporters of Mohamed Morsi to death for the crime of killing one police officer.