BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) - Amidst a raging COVID-19 pandemic and anti-racism protests rocking American cities, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once again played the scapegoating game.
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This time he slandered China for "callously exploiting" George Floyd's death as part of "propaganda."
The move is just the latest of a series of attempts by some U.S. politicians to use the "China card" to whitewash their failures at home. They attempt to shift blame with total disdain for basic human dignity.
Nearly six decades after Martin Luther King Jr.'s resounding call for racial justice for ethnic minorities in the U.S., equality among races remains a dream out of reach. It doesn't need to take what other countries say to expose its underlying chasms.
In the context of Washington's anti-pandemic response, the yawning racial gap in terms of people's well-being has grown even more stark. Recent data compiled by the non-partisan APM Research Lab revealed that African Americans are dying at a rate of 50.3 per 100,000 people, compared with 20.7 for whites.
The chance for health, life, and human dignity varies along racial lines, a pathetic but plain fact that American forefathers would hate to see. However, Pompeo and a group of other U.S. politicians have chosen to stay silent on this status quo.
Instead of heeding calls from the U.S. and the world at large, Pompeo and politicians like him have chosen to waste time by ensconcing themselves in a shaky castle of lies and shifting blames.
This doesn't help to save the disadvantaged from suffocation and this doesn't help to address the pandemic of injustice.
Some U.S. politicians have formed a habit of stigmatizing China and make anti-China rhetoric at the slightest chance.
There might be one thousand ways to "make America great again," but feigning ignorance about the truth of social failures and playing blame-shifting games could never be part of them.
It's high time Pompeo and American politicians like him ceased the spread of misinformation, stopped arbitrarily pinning blame on China and lived up to their due obligation of ensuring "human dignity." Enditem