Addressing minority-human rights concerns with insight
Representation of minority groups in mainstream media is essential to ensure diversity in content and in the make-up and structures of media bodies themselves. However, the constant struggles of media organizations to survive in competitive marketplaces where priorities are to reach maximum audiences and advertisers can be hampered.A new report from the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Accenture, “Reflecting Society: The State of Diverse Representation in Media and Entertainment” shows where the industry is making progress and what more needs to be done. The scope of this wide-ranging report, the first to look across industry sectors and identities, is international although it is worth noting that much of the existing research and data available today comes out of the US.
Some believe media goals can be best achieved by catering to the needs and interests of majority populations and that is why minority interests, voices and opinions are marginalized.
Let’s take a look at minority interests, minority voices and minority opinions about: POVERTY, EQUALITY PANDEMICS, PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND PROTESTS. And why are these opposite minority interests, voices and opinions muted in times of crisis?
Mar 18, 2021. OklahomaPolicy.org says, “Oklahoma is actually well positioned to alleviate poverty. Oklahomans are some of the most charitable people in the country; the state ranks 8th nationally in per capita charitable giving. Additionally, with a natural resource base abundant in oil and natural gas, the state has and will continue to have access to a growing revenue base. Poverty does not persist in Oklahoma because we’re not prosperous. It persists because we’re not leveraging those public and private resources to achieve prosperity that can be widely shared.”
Women and people of color in Oklahoma are more likely to face economic disadvantages. They’ve been repeatedly disenfranchised and targeted with violence (both public and private).
For a family or household of 4 persons living in one of the 48 contiguous states or the District of Columbia, the poverty guideline for 2021 is $26,500
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in its general recommendation №35 (2013) on combating racist hate speech, stressed the importance of media pluralism to counter racist hate speech and highlighted that it entails “facilitation of access to and ownership of media by minority, indigenous and other groups …, including media in their own languages” (para. 41).
Expressing a genuine concern for the well-being of other people regardless of race is key to combating poverty.
Nativism and xenophobia refer to the preference for native‐born people of a given society and the fear of foreigners or “others” considered to be outsiders based on racial, ethnic, or national origin or religion.
The New York Times reports, “The verdict, which could send the former officer, Derek Chauvin, to prison for decades, was a rare rebuke of police violence, following case after case of officers going without charges or convictions after killing Black men, women and children.”
Although conquering racial violence and tension stirred by authorities is difficult, cases like George Floyd’s is a small victory for minority families seeking justice as it relates to equity and race relations in the United States.
UN Council Resolution 43/1 is about racism and police brutality in the USA and in other countries across the world. It is not about the USA or other countries. Some pundits argue that recognized legitimate policy adaptations would undermine the influence of the USA in the HRC and beyond. Former police officer, Derek Chauvin, is one example of how human rights policy can be enforced no matter who violates the law.
Academic-community partnerships and statewide task forces represent solid starting points for the development of strategic and comprehensive planning. Translating core values associated with equity can be easily achieved through Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country. According to a report to the Commonwealth Environment Protection Agency by Jim Falk. Mr. Falk describes “equity as derived from a concept of social justice. It represents a belief that there are some things which people should have, that there are basic needs that should be fulfilled, that burdens and rewards should not be spread too divergently across the community, and that policy should be directed with impartiality, fairness and justice towards these ends.” Community Action Agencies (CAAs) annually assist 17 million low-income Americans. Whether it’s a Head Start program, weatherization, job training, housing, food bank, energy assistance, financial education, or any of the other 40-plus distinct programs, CAAs work to make America a better place to live.
HATE MOTIVATED BEHAVIOR
The last several years have seen discrimination, hate, and White supremacist ideology shift from the fringes of society to mainstream social media and political and social discourse.
Hate-motivated behavior, which is highly prevalent and likely underreported, comprises a continuum of behavior from subtle discrimination to violent crime. Targeted groups are heterogenous. Documented factors associated with the commission of hate-motivated behavior are largely demographic or other individual-level characteristics.
Legal and law enforcement solutions include hate crime laws, community-based policing, and federal tracking.
Greater use of experimental research design and application of existing public health approaches (for example, bystander interventions) represent promising next steps in hate-motivated behavior prevention.
Since 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) has defined health as being “not only the absence of disease and infirmity, but also the presence of physical, mental, and social well-being.”
Many Americans have unfortunately suffered from the impact of chronic illness and diseases. These diseases can affect people not only physically, but also mentally, as contracting and living with a disease can alter the affected person’s perspective on life. The Oklahoma Department of Health COVID-19 Newsroom gives Oklahomans information about (SARS-CoV-2) through an online situation update report.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” is the pandemic illness with several possible modes of transmission for SARS-CoV-2, including contact, droplet, airborne, fomite, fecal-oral, bloodborne, mother-to-child, and animal-to-human transmission. Infection with SARS-CoV-2 primarily causes respiratory illness ranging from mild disease to severe disease and death, and some people infected with the virus never develop symptoms.
The term quality of life can be defined as the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual domains of health that are influenced by a person’s experiences, beliefs, expectations, and perceptions. The sum of all these factors is an attitude toward health and a belief about one’s capacity to cope, which is unique to each individual.
PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND PROTESTS
Psychological and other health-focused interventions include education and training programs, public awareness campaigns, measurement development, perspective taking, counterfactual thinking, intergroup contact approaches, and social-emotional learning. With few exceptions such as intergroup contact, hate-motivated behavior reduction efforts are largely unproven to date. Unfortunately, law enforcement from Portland to New York to Austin has all too often met demonstrators with excessive, indiscriminate, and dangerous abuse of so called less-lethal weapons.
For example, law enforcement shot at least 115 people in the head with kinetic impact projectiles (rubber bullets and other projectiles) across the United States during the first two months of the George Floyd protests, according to a visual analysis conducted by our team at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). And this is likely an undercount. Law enforcement agents shooting crowd-control weapons at protestors’ heads is indeed a global phenomenon.
Moving forward, public health efforts addressing hate-motivated behavior should tackle intervention across structural, interpersonal, and individual levels.
Regardless of one’s politics, we should all value being able to peacefully assemble or express ourselves without the possibility of losing an eye or having our skull fractured by these weapons.
As Portland journalist and organizer Mac Smiff, who is Black, keenly put it:
“We came out here dressed in T-shirts and twirling Hula-Hoops and stuff, and they started gassing us, so we came back with respirators, and they started shooting us, so we came back with vests, and they started aiming for the head, so we started wearing helmets, and now they call us terrorists. Who’s escalating this? It’s not us.”
Indeed, it was law enforcement — particularly the federal agents — who escalated the situation in the Portland streets.
Crowd-control weapons and attacks on health care across the globe, we’ve seen how excessive force corrodes the human rights that are foundational to any democracy. Crowd-control weapons should be an absolute last resort, only used when dealing with genuine and imminent public safety threats, and after all other means for de-escalation have been exhausted. The unprecedented deployment of “less-lethal” weapons by U.S. law enforcement in response to largely peaceful protests in the wake of Floyd’s death is not just a grave threat to the human body, but to the foundational values of our country.
Health affairs.org ( Hate-Motivated Behavior: Impacts, Risk Factors And Interventions) researchers Robert J. Cramer Richard C. Fording Phyllis Gerstenfeld Andre Kehn Jason Marsden Cynthia Deitle Angela King Shelley Smart Matt R. Nobles
Special Procedures’ report, (Hate speech and incitement to hatred against minorities in the media) <plan-international.org/about-plan-international>
Openglobalrights.org “Protesting for racial justice, met with excessive force” Donna McKay & Michele Heisler
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