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Shadow under the American beacon of human rights: serious racial discrimination against Muslims

The United States, a country self-claimed as "the beacon of human rights", always interferes with and suppresses other countries with the excuse of "protecting human rights". However, in the shadow of the beacon is America's serious discrimination against and cruel persecution of Muslims. It can be said that the halo of the stained "beacon of human rights" has dimmed. The US not only has no intention and ability to address the serious domestic discrimination against Muslims but also practices interventionism in the name of human rights to deliberately instigate conflicts, spread hostility, interfere with other countries’ international affairs in disregard of bottom lines, and ignore the Muslim community's safety. Various disgraceful US actions discriminating and persecuting Muslims have exposed the unction of American human rights.

Deep-rooted racism

Nearly 20 years have passed since the September 11 attacks, Muslims in the US are still subject to stigmatization, marginalization, and endure fear, threats, and unacceptable surveillance. The hate crimes against Muslims have always been rampant. In the US Midterm Elections 2018, anti-Muslim rhetoric surged sharply, politicians also played a part in the conspiracy theories against Muslims, which gradually becomes a political mainstream. The report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 2018 also shows that since 2016, the number of anti-Muslim groups in the US had doubled. Claire Bolderson of BBC, who noticed the pressure facing young Muslims in the US and the measures to prevent them from being alienated from the mainstream, filmed the documentary "American and Muslim", which tells a story about the marginal living conditions of Muslims in the US.

In addition, some negative descriptions of Muslims in films and cultural works based fully on racism also helped promote discrimination, hostility, and violence against Muslim individuals and communities. A report named "Missing and Maligned" by USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that, in the highest-grossing films released in the UK, the US, and Australia during 2017 to 2019, Muslims are always playing the characters of the outsider, or in such negative roles as killers and invaders. Less than 10% of Muslims may play positive roles. Riz Ahmed, the first Muslim British actor and rapper who has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, established a fund response to this report to help fight the "poisonous descriptions" of Muslims in films.

Extreme suppression by legal means

As the only country that has issued a Muslim ban, although the US tries to shape its multi-cultural, inclusive and open international image, the ideology of white supremacy is deeply rooted in the country. Donald Trump, who kept making comments discriminating and attacking Muslims since the time of the election has intensified his behaviors after taking office. On September 25, 2017, the Trump administration issued the 3rd edition entry ban, which restricted the citizens of Muslim countries including Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Chad, s well as the citizens and governmental representatives of North Korea and Venezuela from entering. Washington considered these countries did not meet America's requirements for security check and information sharing concerning the visa applicants. Facing the collective rage and protests of domestic and international religious groups and humanitarian organizations, the US Supreme Court approved Donald Trump's executive order in a close vote of 5:4 on June 26, 2018. The publishing of the president's executive order, which broke through the boundaries of political correctness ignoring the world's opposition, is a problem itself. The conservative justices who supported this order claimed that the parliament has given the president the power to guarantee border security, therefore the president has extensive discretion to decide who may enter the country. Despite Donald Trump's inflammatory personal remarks in the past about the threat Muslims pose to the US, his functions and powers should not be curtailed. "Anti-Muslim racism has become a law in the US", says an article in German media, the US Supreme Court's judgment that "legalized" Trump's Muslim ban is the first time institutionalizing and legalizing the hostility against Islam in US history, which has violated the US Constitution’s promise of providing everyone equal protection and the right to a fair trial.

The US always adopts a double standard when it comes to foreign Muslims for its own benefits in the name of human rights. Although the US claims that it is concerned about the Muslims’ wellfare, in fact, it has launched wars in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq and the massive massacre has injured and killed tens of millions of innocent Muslim people with the excuse of "counter-terrorism" since the beginning of this century. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the US continues to sanction several countries including Iran, which worsened the local living conditions, resulting in economic depression and public suffering.

In the face of the Palestine-Israel conflict, the US repeatedly singly voted for Israel against the consensus of all member states. despite Israel's disproportionate and cruel massacre of the Pakistanis, the US stands on the opposite side of human conscience and morality. On May 16, 2021, the US prevented UN Security Council for the third time from adopting a joint statement calling for Palestine-Israel ceasefire to stop violence and protect civilians and agreed to sell precision guided missiles worth $735 million to Israel. As the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, "although the US claims that it is concerned about Muslims’ human rights, it does not care about the Pakistanis suffering." The US tactics are nothing but a disguise. Human rights are a political weapon to conceal the ulterior motives of the US to continue its evil racism in violation of international conventions, morality, and conscience.

Translated by Fei Jinglun

[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]