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Senior MP: US Violating Human Rights by Suppressing Black Americans in Ferguson

TEHRAN, Aug. 25, 2014 (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian Parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi strongly condemned the US polices exercise of racial bias against the African-Americans in Ferguson.

Boroujerdis remarks came as the riots in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb in the US State of Missouri have entered their 10th day.

"The US once again displayed its anti-human rights attitude," Boroujerdi said, addressing an open session of the Iranian parliament on Sunday.

The senior lawmaker pointed to the savage suppression of the black Americans by the US police in the city of Ferguson, and said, "Since the US (atomic) bombardment of Hiroshima, it has shown that it considers no value for human life and global security and it (the US) has now become the root cause of slaughter of the people of Gaza by supporting the Zionists."

As riots sparked by the shooting dead of black teenager Michael Brown subside, attention is persistently focused on the chronic problem behind them, the racial divide in the United States.

The 10-day riots in Ferguson served as a striking reminder of the racial bias towards people of minorities, especially the African-rooted groups in the country.

In the United States, it is not uncommon for conflicts between minorities and police to swell into riots. On the national level, white people make up about three quarters of all local police. In Ferguson, whose population is 67 percent black, the ratio is over 94 percent.

But when dealing with such conflicts, US authorities are more than often reluctant to touch the racial dimension and even try to deny the existence of racial discrimination.

The abuse of power by US police, who use rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons against protestors, has also sparked questioning. Those tools are used under extreme caution in other countries, where police usually use riot shields and batons instead to reduce damage.

Analysts have pointed out that police use of excessive force has a long history and is a national problem. Authorities often use violence against people of minorities during law enforcement.

According to media reports, about 400 people die in conflicts between police and civilians in the United States each year. Among these cases, a quarter involve white cops and African-rooted Americans, and the death toll of African-Americans is more than twice that of white cops.

Besides suffering unfair treatment during police law enforcement, African-rooted minorities have disadvantaged social and economic status, which aggravates the racial divide.

According to census statistics, the annual family income of the white people in the United States reached $62,000 in 2011, while African-American families earned $41,000 on average, or two-thirds of that of an average white family. The ratio stood at 55 percent 50 years ago, but reached 70 percent in the 1980s.

In addition, 75 percent of the white have their own houses, compared to only 45 percent among the African minority families. The poverty rate is 8 percent among the white, but 25 percent among African-Americans. The divide also exists in homelessness, unemployment, education and health care.

In mostly black Ferguson, African-Americans still lag behind their white neighbors in terms of medical care, housing, education and other economic aspects.

Over the history, minority groups in the United States have never stopped their struggle against racial discrimination and fight for equal rights.

Although their political and economic status has been elevated noticeably over recent decades, there is still a long and tortuous way to go before the racial divide is completely eliminated.


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