The racial injustice in the United States is very eye-catching, and has aroused a lot of criticism in recent years, both inside and outside the United States.
President Biden made promoting racial equality one of the four priorities of his term, calling for unity and healing, and on the day he took office, he talked about the country’s “a cry of racial justice that has been brewing for nearly 400 years”.
A recent article published by Time magazine in the United States said that he was facing “national reflection on racial justice”.
In fact, racial discrimination has long been a universal and systematic existence in the United States.
The source of chaos is inexhaustible and the root of chaos is difficult to eliminate.
Those shocking racial discrimination incidents in the United States that have become international hotspots are just the tip of the iceberg.
At present, the challenges posed by the COVID-19 epidemic are further exposing the “extra” blows to minorities in the United States, reflecting the systemic injustices in the economic and social resource possession of different races in the United States.
Anthony Fauci, a well-known infectious disease expert in the United States, said bluntly: “An unusual aspect of this pandemic is racial inequality.” “Look at our ethnic group, here are food deserts, the transportation deserts, the educational deserts…
all the social factors that are good for health,” Celia Maxwellbo, vice president of African American Medicine at Howard University School, even sighed.
The right to health of minorities in the United States is inherently vulnerable and is more prominent in the face of the epidemic.
According to a 2020 study published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, between 2010 and 2018, the proportion of African Americans without health insurance was 1.5 times that of white Americans.
Hispanic Americans do not have health insurance more than 2.5 times higher than white Americans. High medical costs have forced a large number of ethnic minorities to give up treatment. Even if it enters the hospital treatment procedure, the injustice suffered by ethnic minorities has not ended.
African-American doctor Susan Moore recently released a selfie video, debating racism in the treatment of COVID-19, which aroused resonance.
The New York Times reported that a large number of studies show that African-American patients often receive less treatment than white patients.
As the United States began to promote coronavirus vaccination, the gap between races began to appear. According to the newly released survey results of CNN, the vaccination rate of white people in many states in the United States is much higher than that of minorities, and in some states, the vaccination rate of white people is even more than three times that of minorities.
On the economic side, the difficulties faced by ethnic minorities in the United States are even more serious.
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 41% of African-American-run businesses went bankrupt last February to April, compared with 17% of white-run businesses closing in the same period.
The “Politician” website of the United States recently reported that ethnic minorities in the United States have been the first to bear the brunt of the economic damage caused by the epidemic, and the wealth gap between different skin color groups has further widened.
According to the analysis of the report, African-Americans have been facing a “documented pattern of economic discrimination”. For example, African descent is more likely to be denied loans than white people with similar credit conditions, and even if they get loans, they tend to pay higher interest rates. Ron Busby, CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce, pointed out that it is even more difficult for African descent to get help from the federal government’s financial assistance program.
A large number of polls show that the majority of the American public is dissatisfied with racial status.
However, in political decision-making, many reform measures related to racial injustice always suffer from “political abortion”.
Due to political polarization constraints, it is difficult for the U.S. government to do anything to solve the race problem. In recent years, when racial contradictions broke out, the federal government could not hold even the basic moral bottom line.
Some politicians in the United States are keen on playing the game of words, turning racial problems that originally needed to be faced by American society into weapons of political attacks, which has long caused people’s visual fatigue and accumulated dissatisfaction.
Rashad Robinson, an ethno-award activist, pointed out that what the United States needs now to change racial discrimination is to start action and “turn the issue of discourse into governance”. NAACP President Derek Johnson stressed that racial equality requires more than just a personal stand, but “a clear set of results”.
The later racial equality comes, the further racial justice will be, and the more racial anger will become.
What the American public needs is systematic and radical measures, which are real actions.