posted on Sep, 26 2012 @ 10:09 AM
reply to post by ProfEmeritus
How often do we log into ATS and read about protesters in this country being arrested?
How often do we read about citizens, and lately numerous members of our police force, stripping others of basic human rights and administering abuse
and deadly force on members of our communities?
Torture? How about Guantanamo Bay? Or govt. sanctioned psychological studies on mentally ill patients? (While now "illegal" it wasn't long ago that
these were perfectly normal.)
How about our media that distorts information, especially in high profile court cases, basically convicting someone of their crimes before they've
even gone to trial, crushing their chances at a fair hearing?
Cuba isn't the only place to come under scrutiny of the Human Rights Watch - According to the HRW World report for 2012...
The US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, sometimes imposing very long sentences marred by racial disparities. ...
Persons of color comprise 77 percent of all youth serving life without parole sentences.
The federal government continues abusive counterterrorism policies, including detentions without charge at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; fundamentally flawed
military commissions; and effectively blocking lawsuits seeking redress for torture victims.
The US continued to have the world’s largest incarcerated population at 2.3 million, and the world’s highest per capita incarceration rate at 752
inmates per 100,000 residents.
US workers continue to face severe obstacles in forming and joining trade unions, and the federal government and many state governments are failing to
meet their international obligations to protect the free exercise of these rights.
Hundreds of thousands of children work on US farms. The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act specifically exempts farmworker children from the minimum age
and maximum hour requirements that apply to all other working children, exposing them to work at younger ages, for longer hours, and under more
hazardous conditions. As a result, child farmworkers, most of who are of Latin American descent, often work 10 or more hours a day and risk pesticide
poisoning, heat illness, injuries, life-long disabilities, and death.
The list goes on and on. You can read more here
Like I said before, I am appreciative of the opportunities I've been afforded simply because I'm an American citizen. I love this country. I'm
honestly happy to be here. Cuba may not be even close to perfect, but neither are we.