Russia and other established human rights abusers have had a fodder-of-a time over the events in Ferguson, Missouri, since August 9. The failure of the grand jury to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the 6-shot death of Black teenager Michael Brown, and the subsequent emotional and passionate response to the jury's verdict, along with the deployment of additional national guard troops and the use of tear gas and arrest of protesters; have all added fodder to Russia's scrutiny of racial and civil rights issues in America.
Not that Russia has any good intent in relation to the welfare of the victims of police shootings in the US, or that it holds any good regard of those arrested in protest, but Russia merely seeks to exploit any blemish it could find to criticize a steward of democracy.
As reported by the Washington Post, which cited one of Russia's mouth-pieces, Pravda.ru; Russia has suggested: "So the US government, when talking about their own country, forgets about democracy, human rights, protection of peaceful protesters and people's right to protest."
Though events in New York, Florida, Missouri and Florida involving the death of Black men and youth at the hands of police; and the arrest of protesters, have all blemished the ever evolving and developing relations of race in America, Russia's claim that human rights protections have been forgotten, must be rejected. There is no Utopia. Yet, here on Earth, these Great United States, come closest to that ultimate dream. And should this ever change, Russia will be able to read it first on this Blog.
The democratic system of the US suffers whenever there are incidents of injustice. But this same system allows redress of any breakdowns. There are always peaceful second avenues to right wrongs in this society, unlike Russia's. And despite the gut-wrenching tragedies that have been brought to light here in the US, Russia can be assured that this democracy will right such wrongs and it will strengthen safeguards to prevent their recurrences - this is democracy at work...not democracy forgotten.