Flag Bearers of Human Rights Abroad, Racists at Home

In commemoration of Martin Luther King's birthday, a part of Ayatollah Khamenei's speech on the institutional racism of the US government against its black citizens is published.


The world today is one of tyranny, lies and deception. The flag of defending human rights is being carried by those who are the greatest enemies of human rights, and the government of the United States is taking the lead among them! Look at what is done to the black community in their own country. This issue is not about the past. It is not about 50 or 100 years ago, as some officials would claim, stating they have already had reforms. This is an issue for today, in the major cities of the United States.

In a country that claims to support freedom and human rights, the problem of racial discrimination has not been solved yet. In that society, people are still deprived of a sense of security only because they have dark skins! If necessary, the police may beat them to death over the crime of having dark skins! The same government claims that they support human rights!

In the same way that the US government ignores crimes against people of color in  America , they turn a blind eye to the horrible crimes of the usurper Zionist regime. Just take a look at what Zionists have done to a defenseless people during the past few days! These bombardments, kidnappings and murders should all considered as crimes, however they pass silently and unpunished.

Ayatollah Khamenei, 08/20/1997