Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a long history of medical abuse suggests why


There are many reasons why Black Americans are unjustly treated in America and health is just one of many areas, another major area being Law and Order.

Nobody should be abused in any way, especially due to racial origins, but especially in America there is a long history of racial abuse and in many instances the historical instances are still occurring. In fact, many white Americans, would if they could turn back the clocks and this has only been made worse from 4 years of the Trump administration.

Even under the Biden administration changes, if any will be hard to achieve and then there is 2024, the very real possibility that Trump could return.

But it is not just in America that there is mistrust and racism, for this can and does occur in many countries, the UK being one, but, I hope, to not the extent of it is in America. But what do I know, for I am not of Black origin and may not even notice what is occurring in front of me, left alone behind me.

Nobody should have to contend with racist abuse, in fact, any form of abuse, for it is abhorrent and we should all be doing what we can to ensure abuse is not abound.

I do hope, that the mistrust can be minimised and eventually even, not occur, but this will require all of us to be vigilant.

COVID-19 is not concerned who it affects and my real wish is that the vaccine mistrust is overcome, but all the misinformation on Social Media will need to be countered, for if it is not, then there will be no chance that the COVID mutations will ever be reduced. COVID-19 will be with us for the long-term.  The only effective counter is the vaccines, for the various restrictions can only go so far and that is assuming that we are all abiding by the restrictions, which we are not, but hopefully only a minority.

Colour is only skin-deep for underneath we are no different, so colour should be no reason to discriminate for we all have an equal right to life.

Source: Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine – a long history of medical abuse suggests why

Oklahoma is – and always has been – Native land : The Conversation


The Supreme Court’s July 9 ruling that half of Oklahoma belongs to the Muscogee Nation confirms what Indigenous people already knew: North America is ‘Indian Country.’

Source: Oklahoma is – and always has been – Native land : The Conversation

Muslim women observe Ramadan under lockdown – and some say being stuck at home for the holiday is nothing new : The Conversation


A survey of Muslim women finds many are frustrated by having a Islamic holy month in quarantine. But others say a ‘remote Ramadan’ is nothing new because child care duties often keep them home anyway.

Source: Muslim women observe Ramadan under lockdown – and some say being stuck at home for the holiday is nothing new : The Conversation

Archaeology shows how ancient African societies managed pandemics : The Conversation


Archaeologists have long studied diseases in past populations. They’ve explored the evolution of pathogens and how they interacted with humans.

Source: Archaeology shows how ancient African societies managed pandemics : The Conversation

Lockdown protesters shout ‘be like Sweden’ — but Swedes say they are missing the point : NBC News


“The Swedish strategy is very much relying on the individual’s trust in the state,” one Swede told NBC News.

Source: Lockdown protesters shout ‘be like Sweden’ — but Swedes say they are missing the point : NBC News

System For Children With Special Needs In England ‘Riddled With Inequalities’


Again the Government is not doing enough for persons with disabilities, this time, it is for children with disabilities. These children have special educational needs due to their disabilities, but the SEND system is short of funding, nothing new there.

As stated the Ministers responded with additional investment and the promise of a review of services, which is yet to be published’

But then came coronavirus and the Coronavirus Act, which suspended the need of Local Authorities to be responsible for some of their actions, or non-actions, this, at a time when Coronavirus was making matters worse.

But this is how the Conservatives Governments have been for the last 11 years or so.

Social Care has always been short of funding, well for at least the last 40 years or more, where I have been involved on a family basis.

The Governments started with austerity cuts, which have left Local Authorities short of funding for all the services they are responsible for, including Social Care.

So, there as been some form of crisis in Social care for many years, but this Government and others over the last 11 years or so have made the crisis much worse. In many instances the services in Social Care are verging on collapse.

I had seen this coming for some time and, which is why I created my petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care

Recently, in March 2020 the Government announced ‘£2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable’ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/2-9-billion-funding-to-strengthen-care-for-the-vulnerable.

Of the £1.6 billion given to Local Authorities(LAs), it appears it was not ‘ring-fenced’ for Social Care, so not all LAs have used the total amount they received for Social Care, when £1.6 billion is well short of what is needed to bring the funding back to 2010 levels, which was then, also far short of what was required.

This Government and others since 2010 have done little, if anything for vulnerable within Social Care.

It is there essential that support for Social Care is forthcoming, so, please consider the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, by signing and then sharing

Here, below, is further information regarding the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care

https://www.dropbox.com/s/74ckd926thbrlo8/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%205.docx?dl=0

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Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being failed by a system “riddled with unexplained inequalities”, according to a damning parliamentary report.

The report says many of the 1.3 million pupils in England with SEND are not getting the support they need and end up being excluded from school, damaging their education, wellbeing and future life chances.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the funding crisis in SEND and shortcomings in provision were high on the political agenda. Ministers responded with additional investment and the promise of a review of services, which is yet to be published.

The new report by MPs on the public accounts committee depicts a system in which “desperate” parents fight to secure an education, health and care plan (EHCP) – a legally enforceable package of support for those most in need – which has become seen as a “golden ticket” to get adequate support.

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How one man fought South Carolina Democrats to end whites-only primaries – and why that matters now : The Conversation


South Carolina’s black community has a long history of fighting for democratic rights.

Source: How one man fought South Carolina Democrats to end whites-only primaries – and why that matters now : The Conversation

To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global Deal for Nature : The Conversation


A new study lays out a road map for protecting and restoring 50% of Earth’s surface, targeted to preserve biodiversity and maximize natural removal of carbon from the atmosphere.

Source: To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global Deal for Nature : the Conversation