On Wednesday, China’s state-run media slammed President Joe Biden’s speech on the Tulsa Race Massacre on Tuesday as a “political performance” to cover up American “genocide” in an apparent effort to distract from its own human rights abuses.
“US President Joe Biden’s speech on the Tulsa Race Massacre was more like a political performance to help the US regain its moral high ground before using genocide accusations against other countries, and no matter how loud the US and the West boasted about fighting against white supremacy, it has been carved in their genes and emerged as race massacres in the colonial era and manifested in geopolitical tactics in modern times, analysts said,” the state-owned Global Times editorial by Liu Xin and Chen Qingqing read.
According to the editorial, Alfred de Zayas, former United Nations independent expert, and Richard Falk, an Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University, claimed that “China would be on firmer ground than the US if it were to accuse it of ‘continuing genocide’ against the First Nations of the Americas, Cherokees, Sioux, Navajo, and many other tribal nations.”
“Analysts also noted that Biden’s Tuesday speech was made against this backdrop, as more international scholars and experts, especially those on international law, have stood out to oppose the US for labeling China for ‘committing genocide toward Uygurs’ in its Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,” the Global Times article stated.
China has been accused of using forced abortions and sterilizations against the Uyghur population in what the U.S. has called an act of genocide.
In addition to its treatment of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang, China has been criticized on a number of human rights matters, including jailing journalists and whistleblowers, using forced confessions and abducting dissidents.
During the speech marking the 100th anniversary of the race massacre, President Biden called white supremacy “the most lethal threat” to homeland security.
“According to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today,” Biden said. “Not ISIS. Not Al Qaeda. White supremacists.”
The president went on to say that the deadly incident in Tulsa was “an act of hate and domestic terrorism” and claimed that “a through-line exists today.”
“Just close your eyes and remember what you saw in Charlottesville four years ago on television,” Biden said.
The Chinese Communist Party’s Global Times echoed Biden’s remarks, asserting that “white supremacy is the mainstream culture of the US and was formed by history, deeply ingrained in the social, economic, and political systems of the US.”
“Biden’s speech on the Tulsa Race Massacre is more about politics than to correct mistakes. By making this ‘touching’ speech, the Democratic Party hopes to reap votes from ethnic minorities for the mid-term election,” Zhu Ying, deputy director of the National Human Rights Education and Training Base of Southwest University of Political Science and Law, told the state-run outlet. “After the mass vaccination plan, the Biden administration needs to drive the domestic economy. This is why Biden mentioned the racial wealth gap, American Jobs Plan and Families Plan in the speech.”