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Shocked By U.S. Human Rights Violations? Come On, Man...

Robert Franklin

Posted on June 28, 2018 13:23

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Stop getting weepy-eyed at what's going on at the U.S.-Mexico border. This isn't something "un-American." We've been committing human rights violations for a long, long time.

"This is not the America I know!"

"I can't believe this! It's so un-American!"

"What's happening to us?!"

These exclamations are just a few of many used when trying to make sense of the crisis at the border. Over 2,000 children were forcibly separated from their parents and housed in deplorable facilities that have been likened to concentration camps. While the crisis at the border is awful -- a human rights violation -- it's not indicative of some acute lapse in our culture's moral aptitude.

Basically, we've been doing this crap for a long time.

The United States has an abysmal human rights record. Throughout our 242-year history, the United States has been marred by a constant, normalized procession of malignancy that groupthink and indoctrinated, propagandized "exceptionalism" cannot allow us to effectively acknowledge. While life certainly isn't fair, the idea of "all men are created equal" implies an even playing field on which every person starts. The reality is this is not the case. To use baseball terms, some Americans start on second with a long lead to third while others start at home plate in a 2-strike count.

The legacy of slavery still lives in drug policy, disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, mass incarceration, and police brutality and impunity. The penal system has a for-profit arm, egregious sentencing standards, a systemic mistreatment of inmates (both children and adults), and barbarism in the form of odious prison conditions, prison rape and violence by both inmates and guards, solitary confinement, and the death penalty.

The American government spent decades slaughtering Indigenous people and forcing them onto reservations, which have, over time, become cesspools of drinking, drugs, unemployment, hopelessness, and suicide. The United States government forced Americans of Japanese descent into internment camps during World War II. The United States engaged in an almost 50-year stalemate with the U.S.S.R., resulting in nearly fifty years of collective breath-holding at the fear of nuclear holocausts and proxy wars that destabilized entire regions and resulted in the deaths of millions.

Wages for American workers have stagnated, while the American dollar's buying power has dwindled. Corporate hierarchies have separated employees from the benefits workers died for in the past. Union-busting is an acceptable practice in the "free market," forcing American workers into hostile working conditions, afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs.

The American government banned Chinese immigration for over sixty years through legislation.

The United States government has a history of supporting tyrannical dictators, even those who commit acts of genocide. The U.S. has committed war crimes, notably acts of torture during the War on Terror. The U.S. government is so concerned with Israel's welfare, they ignore the crimes the Israeli government regularly commits against Palestinians.

I'm not saying the United States hasn't done anything good for its people or the world at large. It has. All I'm saying is that what we've been seeing at the border isn't anything that should shock us. It should, actually, be familiar.

Robert Franklin

Posted on June 28, 2018 13:23

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