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UN Tells Coronavirus Decision Makers To ‘Slow Down’ To Address Institutional Racism


The United Nations Human Rights Council has urged decision makers to “slow down” in their response to the coronavirus, ostensibly as a means to combat “racism”. 

A “Racial Equity and Equality” report lectures UN member nations, claiming the “pandemic requires understanding, rather than denying, diversity.”

The guidance comes from the UN’s “Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent,” a committee formed in 2002 that seeks to “propose measures to ensure full and effective access to the justice system by people of African descent.”

The hyper-progressive body previously argued America owed “reparations” to people of color for “racial terrorism.”

The statement, entitled ‘Racial Equity and Racial Equality Must Guide State Action,’ makes it clear: social justice-inspired activism doesn’t cease even amidst a global pandemic.

Concerning the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the body encourages member states to “commit to equity in the current public health crisis and to recognize the current risk that the historical exploitation of the bodies and resources of people of African descent poses to decision-making.”

Adding, “Structural racial discrimination may further exacerbate inequality in access to health care and treatment leading to racial disparities in health outcomes and increased mortality and morbidity for people of African descent.”

The committee laments that “no protection efforts have centered public health issues specific to people of African descent” and that “the research and knowledge production developed in response to this crisis may fail to investigate specific barriers to care, or recognize the racially discriminatory intent or impact of policy.”

And even states that attempt to address the crisis in a “colorblind” fashion are not immune from UN condemnation: “Interventions that appear neutral on their face may license or facilitate racial bias and stereotypes, without care and attention.”

The UN also thinks identity politics should drive hospitals’ response to the virus.

To ensure triage policies don’t “result in racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, or other discrimination,” the UN wants already over-burdened decision makers to “slow down” as an “effective countermeasure to unconscious bias” per the advice of ‘racial justice experts’.”

The committee explains: “Instructions to doctors that time, data, or consultation is a ‘luxury’ in critical triage decision-making fails to appreciate how social conditioning perpetuates institutional racism and how the lack of protocols or even instructions to be aware of assumptions based on race – particularly at its intersections with disability, chronic illness, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and poverty – may impair racial equity in COVID-19 response.”

The UN’s nonsensical suggestions continue, suggesting the “use of incarcerated people to produce equipment for the pandemic response, to dig graves, or for other means, without adequate protection against risk or vulnerability, and at substantial cost savings to States, is exploitative of people of African descent and reflect ongoing institutional racism.”

Despite the UN’s crusade against racist coronavirus policies, the guidelines epitomize the exact policies they’re warning against: focusing on a specific racial group at the expense of another.

They focus solely on workers of African descent who don’t have the ability to protect their health by self-quarantining, when in reality, that problem faces citizens of all nations regardless of their race: “In many States, people of African descent disproportionately serve as home health aides, carers, and grocery and delivery personnel who help hospitals and health care systems focus on the most serious cases, despite no public efforts to ensure their safety and protection.”

“In this respect, the treatment of people of African descent serving in this crisis as disposable recalls historical exploitation and implies a social mindset that may fail to critically analyze the assumptions it makes about the needs and the risks to people of African descent in this crisis,” the guidance continues.

The UN is proving their real raison d’etre once again: to push a progressive social agenda on the world.

It’s certainly not to serve as a check against nations that abuse human rights or prevent the outbreak of deadly infectious diseases.

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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