US has to face own human rights crisis – Global Times

Opposition poster for the 1866 election. Geary...

Opposition poster for the 1866 election. Geary’s opponent, Hiester Clymer, ran on a white supremacy platform. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Logo of Global Times (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a robust op-ed article on US human rights, published in China’s leading tabloid newspaper, Global Times.

US has to face own human rights crisis – Global Times.

The article is well researched and factual. It’s a reminder that the US is still a divided society, with huge variations between the rich and poor, as well as between different racial groups. There is still deep rooted prejudice in certain sections of society.

On the other hand, the article does not compare the US to China on human rights. Over the same time period, it would be easy for a US newspaper to chart China’s record on human rights too.

Personally, I do not think that international comparisons on human rights are particularly helpful, other than to highlight the challenges. Each country has a deep-rooted historic and cultural context. What’s important is to measure each country’s progress over time – on this type of longitudinal measure, the US has made enormous progress. Meanwhile, perhaps China has to face her own human rights crisis?

Thoughts?