Racism in the United States as the World Watches

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  1. Zaac

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    BEIJING (AP) — Often the target of U.S. human rights accusations, China wasted little time returning such charges following the shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina that left nine people dead. Elsewhere, the attack renewed perceptions that Americans have too many guns and have yet to overcome racial tensions.

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    "We don't understand America's need for guns," said Philip Alpers, director of the University of Sydney's GunPolicy.org project that compares gun laws across the world. "It is very puzzling for non-Americans."

    A frontier nation like the U.S., Australia had a similar attitude toward firearms prior to a 1996 mass shooting that killed 35. Soon after, tight restrictions on gun ownership were imposed and no such incidents have been reported since.

    A similar effect has been seen elsewhere.

    "The USA is completely out of step with the rest of the world. We've tightened our gun laws and have seen a reduction," said Claire Taylor, the director of media and public relations at Gun Free South Africa.

    Ahmad Syafi'i Maarif, a prominent Indonesian intellectual and former leader of Muhammadiyah, one of the country's largest Muslim organizations, said the church shooting shocked many.

    "People all over the world believed that racism had gone from the U.S. when Barack Obama was elected to lead the superpower, twice," he said. "But the Charleston shooting has reminded us that in fact, the seeds of racism still remain and were embedded in the hearts of small communities there, and can explode at any time, like a terrorist act by an individual."

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    In Britain, the attack reinforced the view that America has too many guns and too many racists. The front-page headline of The Independent newspaper said simply, "America's shame."

    The newspaper said in an editorial that America seems to have moved backward in racial relations since Obama's election, and that the "obscene proliferation of guns only magnifies tragedies" like the church shooting.

    The leftist Mexico City newspaper La Jornada said the U.S. has become a "structurally violent state" where force is frequently used domestically and internationally to resolve differences.

    "In this context, the unchecked and even paranoid citizen armament is no coincidence: Such a phenomenon reflects the feeling of extensive sectors about the supposed legitimacy of violent methods," it said.

    In China, the official Xinhua News Agency said the violence in South Carolina "mirrors the U.S. government's inaction on rampant gun violence as well as the growing racial hatred in the country."

    "Unless U.S. President Barack Obama's government really reflects on his country's deep-rooted issues like racial discrimination and social inequality and takes concrete actions on gun control, such tragedy will hardly be prevented from happening again," Xinhua said in an editorial.

    On China's Twitter-like Weibo microblogging service, some users compared the United States to lawless Somalia and said racial discrimination was fueling violence and high crime rates. Many reflected the official view that gun ownership and violent crime are byproducts of Western-style democratic freedoms that are not only unsuited to China but potentially disastrous.

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    Chairman of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates Max de Mesa shared the sentiment of civil rights activists in South Carolina who pointed out that the Confederate battle flag, the symbol of the pro-slavery South during the Civil War, continued to fly over the state even as it mourned for the nine people killed.

    "Some of the (old) structures and some of the attitudes remain and they were even nurtured, at least that is being shown now," de Mesa said.

    "That would be no different from a suicide bomber," he said. "For a jihadist, 'I will be with Allah if I do that.' The other says, 'I am proving white supremacy here.'"

    Indonesian intellectual Syafi'i Maarif said he hoped the incident would help Americans stop equating terrorism with Islam.

    "Terrorism and radicalism can appear in every strata of society under various guises and in the name of ethnicity, religion and race," he said.

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    http://news.yahoo.com/asia-shocked-enduring-racism-gun-violence-us-133146051.html
     
  2. Jedi Knight

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    Wicked racist poster on a christian forum as the world watches.....how ironic.:sleeping_2:
     
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    If you don't want people to see your posts, don't post anything. Simple.
     
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    "China wasted little time returning such charges"

    Umm....Tiananmen Square anyone? The Chinese government still denies everything about that one.
     
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    America is not perfect ... nor is any nation. People are not perfect ... which you are willing to point out all the time. So why would the "world watch" and judge us, when every nation is guilty of sinful acts towards fellow mankind.

    America has a lot of growing, and because we are the world's largest melting pot of humanity, it is understandable why other nations may express dismay when we have these kind of violent acts, but, we need to use this as a teaching moment by telling others that while we are not where we'd like to be (racially speaking), when you look back at where we started, we've come a long way 'baby!' :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    He seems to think America should enslave itself to incompetent world opinion. :laugh: Mexico and its drug lords and their murders and tortures, pushing its indigent peons across the border thinks it can judge the "violent" country it pushes them into? :laugh: at the same time coming down hard on Nicaraguans who illegally enter its own southern border? :laugh::laugh:
     
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    Every time I see people whining about how much better it is in other countries, I encourage them to go live there.

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    Who cares what they think. They all have their own problems, up to and including race.
     
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    Evidently, Zaac and Crabby do.....wish those two and their ilk would leave those of us who love freedom and go and live in one of those more "civilized" places.
     
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    And what do you want Santa Claus to bring you this Christmas?

    Sorry, just thinking that you could be serious in hoping for this, well, -----! :laugh::praying:;)
     
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    SO you love freedom more than we do just because the world has called us out on our racism and human right's violations and I pointed that out? Funny.

    You silly right wing types are again the ones who think you own the country and that no one can be patriotic or love freedom if they don't share your views.

    But then again, as we see, this type of thinking is the very kind that bred this young child into killing 9 people. So keep right on with this foolishness and see why the country fails from within.
     
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    So you want the BB to be just one big AMEN corner?

    What a boring place it would be.

    Wouldn't be much 'Iron sharpenth Iron' going on.
     
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    Let's start a forum called the "Amen" corner. :laugh:
     
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    Now Kentucky, you know that's EXACTLY what they want. And if they can't bully you into agreement, they do the shark frenzy attack thing like they do whenever you say anything against what they believe to be the acceptable position about all things Israel. :laugh:
     
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    I call it 'herd mentality', which I have contempt for. Animals do that. It shows lack of root within one's self when one 'goes along with the crowd' in order to assert their allegiance to the clique.

    But when it comes to vital truths of the Christian religion, that's another matter.
     
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    They are cowards that hide behind hate speech.
     
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    Amen! :wavey:
     

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