Dear New Zealand, it’s time to end Covid discrimination
Dear New Zealand,
It is a shame that as a country we have decided to follow a policy of discrimination. Supporting the creation of a two-tier society is unquestionably immoral. Whatever the reasons, no matter how real they seem now, discrimination is always wrong and is no different from discrimination against people with physical and mental disabilities, those with the ‘wrong’ skin color, ‘Wrong’ sexual orientation, ‘wrong’ ‘religion,’ wrong ‘sex, and now’ wrong ‘medical status.
the Lancet recently posted articles like this, COVID-19: the stigma of the unvaccinated is not justified. Interestingly, this article was written by a German who, from my own personal observations, is often very sensitive to broad social discrimination.
Most New Zealanders have relatively stable family backgrounds. I mean by that, not very violent. For my part, coming from Hungarian Jewish origin, we have twenty-three names on the commemorative panel of the Holocaust museum in Budapest. There are twenty more from our family who were murdered and who are not on this board because their stories have been erased.
Even though it was two generations ago, the impact of these murders and their reasons are still at the forefront of my consciousness. My relatives, through no fault of their own, were also treated like second-class citizens and before the Holocaust in 1944 they had fewer rights than everyone else. Laws were changed to severely restrict the number of Jews allowed to hold academic positions, work in various professions, and hold government positions. Jews were excluded from municipal bodies and many were deprived of the right to vote. Jews have been banned from local spas, markets or the centralized food distribution system in many localities.
All of this was done because people did not have the courage to speak out against this discrimination and stand up for those targeted by it.
The famous psychology experiment conducted at Yale University in 1961, called the Milgram experiment, provided useful insight into why people are still able to do things even though they know their actions cause wrong. It is a very interesting experiment and if you are unfamiliar with it, reading it will be a good use of your time – although some dispute the validity of the experiments. Nonetheless, the main interpretation of the results is shocking and suggests that ordinary people tend to obey orders, even to the point of killing someone, if they believe that authority will accept responsibility for what is happening. When these participants were reminded that they were responsible for their own actions, hardly any of them were prepared to obey.
I would say we are in a similar situation right now.
Most Kiwis cannot stand discrimination. Discrimination policies should therefore not exist. However, there is one here now, denying the unvaccinated Covid the same rights as the vaccinated Covid. The only reason this exists is that the majority of people obey, knowing that discrimination is wrong. This obedience comes from believing that the government will accept responsibility for this discrimination within the mandate. As you know however, governments come and go, times change and history is a very harsh judge for those who support discrimination, especially when recent research shows that those vaccinated against Covid are a significant source of transmission.
Perhaps the deployment of the Covid vaccination by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is the one that is more suitable for our country than the current one.
âWhile we encourage all citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19, it is neither mandatory nor mandatory. Vaccination will only be given with the consent of the person to be vaccinated after the information provided. Please get vaccinated on your own initiative, understanding both the effectiveness of preventing infectious diseases and the risk of side effects. No vaccination will be given without consent. Please do not force anyone in your workplace or those around you to be vaccinated, and do not discriminate against those who have not been vaccinated. ‘
Covid and the fear that surrounds it will disappear as with the bubonic plague of 1346-53, the Spanish flu of 1918-20, HIV-AIDS from 1981 and the ten other global pandemics that most people don’t even know about . What will be remembered is how people reacted to it and which side they chose.
Unfortunately, we have chosen discrimination and history will not forget it.
David Clyne (changed from Klein after WWII)
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