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To: RHT Prime Minister and the current Government.
A call for George Floyd Race Equality Minister - A me2racially abuse register- COVID-19
1. A public investigation into all BAME people who have died in the educational, criminal justice, and mental health systems by restraint and in relation to the Windrush.
2. To implement a George Floyd Race Equality Minister within the English government system.
3. To implement a Me2racially abuse register - to remove the silence of racism.
4. To replace the existing definition of institutional racism, (Macpherson, 1999) with the Black Lives human and civil rights definition by 2025.
5. That a Race Equality Legislation be put in put place independent of the Equality Act, 2010 aligned to the Modern Slavery Act, 2015 to address structural racism.
6. To develop a Lived experience criminal justice ‘hate crime’ procedure.
7. To release BAME people illegally imprisoned under the Mental Health Act 2007 and to remove Section 13a, compulsory treatment orders, in which 90% are represented by black men.
8. To put in place a BAME COVID-19 ten-year plan of action as a Government agenda.
9. Independent Sports Council for BAME communities.
10. To work collaboratively with global organisations to develop a Black World Health organisation.
Why is this important?
The George Floyd case represents our silence to see, understand, and report historical forms of racial discrimination. It's important that after forty years of personally been physically violated in the prison, mental health, and sporting settings, and as a person diagnosed with schizophrenia, often kneed in the back, to empower others to speak out.
The Government's Race Disparity Audit, (2017), and the BAME Covid-19 report, June (2020) shows institutional racism and health inequality with the increasing risk of death to black communities. The risk of either inappropriate constraint or through the current COVID-19 virus means BLACK LIVES MATTER. The period from the 1965 Race Relation Act to the Equality Act 2010 has not safeguarded against the new emergence of racism in British society.
The lack of a lived experience of structural and interpersonal forms of racism has led to BAME children being three times more likely to be excluded from school, six times more likely to receive a custodian sentence, seventeen times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness. Successive governments have failed to understand and have empathy with the real lived world of BAME communities.
This call for change is motivated by the potential that the BAME community may not exist with the devastating impact of COVID-19 and the failure of the Government to act, respond and protect BAME communities over the last sixty years. A call for change through a Race Equality Minister will ensure that further generations of the BAME community will have the civil and human rights they deserve.