The United States governing authorities do not want to see the reality of Black Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans. They live in a “White bubble” that blocks out almost everything they do not want to see. It is almost a weekly occurrence that an unarmed Black American is killed. So far in 2020, hundred people have been killed by police in the United States. Most have been people of color.
The United States in 2010 had more than 7 million people in jail. Today that number is certainly higher. The United States has the highest per-capita incarceration rate in the World. Again mostly people of color.
The privatization of the American prison system has created a profit motive for keeping prisoners in jail and for reducing the money spent on rehabilitation, education, and health care. The use of prisoners for forced labor has been described as a new form of slavery. Again it is people of color who are being cruelly exploited.
In the United States if you have a criminal record in many States you are prohibited by law from voting. This means that millions of Americans are denied a right to vote for this reason. Again most of these individuals are persons of color.
There is a political agenda associated with criminalizing certain behavior, such as smoking marijuana, which was widespread in the Black community and in alternative lifestyle components of the population. This agenda was to disenfranchise millions of Americans who were outside the White establishment, in an attempt to perpetuate “White Privilege” and “White economic domination”. This motive has even been admitted by some US politicians.
Black Americans are primarily descendent from the slaves that to a large extent created the wealth of the dominant White settler community. It was against the law to teach a black slave how to read and write. Then in 1865 the Thirteenth US Constitutional Amendment officially abolished slavery in the United States. The former Black slaves were thrown into a “free labor economy” that they were ill-equipped to compete in. This disadvantage helped perpetuate a black economic underclass that still exists today. There have been some improvements but it was not until the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s that the economic and political situation for the Black community started to improve. Up until then, and even much after, Blacks were lynched and threatened when they sought to exercise their political and democratic rights. The Klu Klux Klan (KKK) was a widely supported White movement whose primary purpose was to terrorize and intimidate the Black community into political and economic submission.
In many respects, this system of racism and segregation has continued to the present day. The US Supreme Court, dominated by Republican appointees, recent revocation of the Civil Rights Act which helped protect the voting and civil rights of the American Black community was a major setback for minority rights in the US. Unfortunately, many Southern States went back to their old policies of political and racial discrimination against the Black community and also against people of color who do not support the current system of White privilege and White economic domination.
There are numerous examples of Republican politicians who are attempting to create obstacles to prevent Blacks and other people of color from voting. This campaign to manipulate the voting process is hardly democratic. It is designed to perpetuate White political and economic dominance.
Native Americans faced similar racist and discriminatory measures to prevent them from voting. The Indian Citizenship Act was not passed until 1924. It was not until 1962 that Native Americans won the right to vote in New Mexico. The Indian Civil Rights Act was passed in 1968 which helped address some of the discrimination.
Many techniques were used to restrict Black and Indian voting including barriers to voter registration, by charging the poll tax, literacy tests, and by gerrymandering, votes to deny Blacks and Indians the right to elect members of their own community and to successfully run for office.
The reality that is denied by most White Americans is that the United States is built on genocide, slavery, racism, and discrimination in order to perpetuate an economic and political system largely dominated by Anglo-Saxon White Americans. There are of course a few examples of successful Blacks but they are the exception. It is my opinion that much of the violence directed at the Black community and other minorities has its roots in this type of systemic racism in the United States.
The American political system is not really a democracy. It is a plutocracy or as some academics have recently concluded it is an oligarchy dominated by a few billionaires who have almost a controlling lock on the electoral system. It is power, organization, and money that control the system. The most powerful special interest group is generally considered the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The Senators and Congressmen are afraid they will be defeated if they challenge the NRA. So when even an overwhelming majority of Americans support the idea that people on “terror watch lists” should not have easy access to weapons the Senators vote against the majorities wishes because they are afraid of the NRA, their money, and a small army of dedicated supporters that can successfully target for defeat almost any American politician. The Senate vote makes no sense if one wants to limit gun violence as the majority of Americans want or from a democratic perspective but it makes sense if you understand the power of special interests and money in the American political system.
First published by Iranian Council for Defending the Truth (ICDT)