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

Trump signs executive order aimed at social media companies after fuming over fact-check : NBC News


Trump spent days fuming over the fact check, saying Thursday it’s “so ridiculous” for Twitter to make the case mail-in ballots aren’t subject to fraud.

Source: Trump signs executive order aimed at social media companies after fuming over fact-check : NBC News

Harry and Meghan need to know that freelance life isn’t a walk in the park | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian


When royals try to be entrepreneurial or work with billionaires, it doesn’t usually go well. Still, there’s always the acting, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

Source: Harry and Meghan need to know that freelance life isn’t a walk in the park | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

Petition – Solve the Crisis in Social Care


We all know there is a crisis in Social Care and there is a promise of  a Green Paper, which currently, is down to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care , Matt Hancock.  If you care about Social Care these two gentlemen need to create action to solve the crisis in social care , hence the Petition – Solve the Crisis in Social Care. so please consider the following:

Dear Friends,

I just added the petition “Solve the crisis in Social Care”.

It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because:

Just in Adult Social Care demand has increased by 1.6% since 2015-16, The Health Foundation report, 23 October 2018, https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/news/demand-for-adult-social-care-services-has-increased-by-16-since-2015-16.

This is not taking into account the demand for Children’s Social Care and the increase in demand since 2018, but as stated in the report, ‘At the same time, growth in government spending has only seen a 0.4% increase in real terms and the 10,670 fewer people received long term social care support’, effectively a substantial decrease in funding.  This will and is having an impact on health care services and adds to the health funding crisis.

Until all social care is sufficiently funded for children and adults, be they elderly, disabled, or in poor health, health services will be substantially affected, and health funding will need to be increased to compensate, to some degree, for the substantial underfunding of social care.

It is not only causing distress and concern for persons in need of care, but also affecting their families, whose own health will be deteriorating due to the lack of Social Care and who in time will also need social and health care

I am a Family Carer and can see this happening for a considerable number of years for my own adult disabled daughter and how it has affected my own health and that of my wife.

But funding is but one element of the Social Care Crisis, as good quality care is also a casualty, not only due to the increasing demand for social care, but the substantial lack of persons wishing to enter the caring profession.

Here the lack of a wage/salary which matches the responsibilities, which need to be undertaken, the length of shifts, the number of unsocial hours, the care required in relation to the degree of disability and need and others.

Austerity cuts to local authorities are partly to blame for some areas of this crisis, which has impacted on the funding available for social care, where the need is increasing, the lack of workers in social care and the increases to the National Living Wage.

These problems relate to the whole area of care, be it in relation to Care and Nursing Homes, Supported Living, or Home Care.

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

Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in.  Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.

After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.  It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

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

Katie Price is right. Disabled people shouldn’t be forced off the internet by abuse | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian


What sort of person repeatedly picks on a disabled child in the most vicious and cruel of terms?

The answer, of course, is the sort of people the model Katie Price had in mindwhen she started campaigning for online abuse to become a specific criminal offence. Price’s 15-year-old son Harvey – who is blind, autistic and has Prader-Willi syndrome – has been hideously mocked and taunted. His mother quickly gathered more than 220,000 supportive signatures for a petition demanding online abuse be treated as a hate crime, and now the parliamentary petitions committee has accepted her argument that the law isn’t fit for purpose – or to be precise a part of that argument. (Price’s petition referred not just to disability but to homophobia, racism and even body-shaming of women; the MPs were careful to single out disability alone, arguing in their report that they didn’t want to cut across the work of others on the rest.)

 

Source: Katie Price is right. Disabled people shouldn’t be forced off the internet by abuse | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

Watch: Visually impaired man thrown out of supermarket in France over guide dog | #TheCube | Euronews


A video of a visually impaired French man and his guide dog being kicked out of a supermarket has sparked outrage on social media in France.

“Sir, I have hygiene standards to respect, I cannot accept any animals in the store.” This is what a supermarket employee told Arthur Aumoite, a visually impaired man, when he tried to enter a Monoprix store in Marseille with his guide dog Loya to buy groceries.

Aumoite posted a four-minute video of the interaction on his Facebook page on Monday along with a post where he describes being “violently thrown out by the supermarket director and a security guard”.

In the video, the 25-year-old attempts to reason with the employee by citing French law that allows the presence of guide dogs in public places and refuses to leave the supermarket.

Article 88 of a French law dating back to 1987 allows guide dogs to be present in public places.

The video was shot by a third person who seemed to be with Aumoite, and has been viewed over 800,000 times as of this morning.

In his Facebook post, the Aumoite says he is sharing the footage of the incident in order to fight discrimination. “Loya gives me so much joy and autonomy, that I would never change for a white cane. Together, let’s make sure that these behaviours change,” he wrote on Facebook.

Monoprix released an apology on Tuesday on Twitter and Facebook, strongly condemning the incident. “We were even more shocked because Monoprix has been engaged for several years in the fight against discrimination of all kinds.”

 

Source: Watch: Visually impaired man thrown out of supermarket in France over guide dog | #TheCube | Euronews