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Racial discrimination deep-rooted social illness in U.S.
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13:39, March 13, 2008

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A report on human rights situation in the United States issued on Thursday said that racial discrimination is a deep-rooted social illness in that country as blacks and other minor ethnic groups are living in the bottom of the American society.

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007, issued by the Information Office of China's State Council, exposed the deteriorating human rights situation in the United States, by quoting lots of government and media reports in the world's richest country.

A U.S. Census Bureau statistics released in August 2007 disclosed that median income of black households was 31,969 U.S. dollars in 2006, or 61 percent of that for non-Hispanic white households, while median income of Hispanic households was 72 percent of that for non-Hispanic white households, the report says.

The rates of blacks and Hispanics living in poverty and without health insurance are much higher than non-Hispanic whites. Poverty rate for blacks was 24.3 percent in 2006, 20.6 percent for Hispanics and for non-Hispanics, the rate was 8.2 percent.

Quoting a Washington Post report, the report says that 80.7 percent of the 3,269 HIV/AIDS cases identified between 2001 and 2006 were among blacks, and the possibility for blacks to be infected of HIV/AIDS was seven times higher than that of whites.

It goes on to say that ethnic minorities have been subject to racial discrimination in employment and workplace. In November 2007, the unemployment rate for black Americans was 8.4 percent, twice that of non-Hispanic whites (4.2 percent). The unemployment rate for Hispanics was 5.7 percent, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor.

A poll conducted in 2007 by the Pew Research Center shows that 67 percent of black respondents believe that blacks still face discrimination when applying for a job. According to statistics issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, among the 75,768 charges it received in 2006, 27,328, or 35.9 percent of the total, were related to racial discrimination.

There is serious racial discrimination in the education sector of the United States, since public schools tend to take tougher discipline sanctions on black students, and the rate of black students disciplined is much higher than that of white students, according to the Chinese report.

It described racial discrimination in the U.S. judicial system as "shocking". Blacks are seven times more likely than whites to be incarcerated, while blacks are 10 times as likely to be imprisoned for drug offences as whites, even though both groups use and sell drugs at the same rate.

According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, at yearend2006, 815 of every 100,000 blacks were behind the bars, and the rate was 283 per 100,000 for Hispanics and 170 for whites.

The report says that U.S. justice system practices double standards on Blacks and Whites.

The report called American minorities "the main victims of hate and violent crimes and murders."

A FBI report indicated that there were 7,722 hate crimes in the country in 2006, up 8 percent. "Among them, 51.8 percent were motivated by racial bias. Hate crimes against Muslims increased 22percent. Hate crimes against Hispanics went up 10 percent," it said.

Source: Xinhua

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