Blacks deprived of human rights in some US states: Researcher

Black people in some US states are still deprived of basic human rights and are considered sub-human, a researcher and historian in Washington says.

Several states, including Missouri, have laws enacted during the slavery era that rules black people cannot be citizens and have no rights as human being, said Dr. Randy Short, who has a Ph.D in African studies.

“Black people under Missouri law are property; they’re sub-human,” Dr. Short said in an interview with Press TV on Monday.

“In the United States, certain states, in particular the state of Missouri, have old laws that have never been completely repealed, where black people are not human beings and do not have human rights under the state law,” he added.

Short said last week’s acquittal of a white police officer who had fatally shot a black man in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2011, underscores the racist laws that still exist in the US.

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