JM | Jun 25, 2022

UWI Mona student Isheba Cornwall’s hate speech perspective gets featured in UN Academic Impact

Juanique Tennant

Juanique Tennant / Our Today

Isheba Cornwall, student of the University of the West Indies, Mona (Photo contributed)

In recognition of International Day for Countering Hate Speech observed by the United Nations for the first time on June 18, the UN’s Academic Impact (UNAI), invited Isheba Cornwall, a student of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus to share her experience on combating hate speech through media.

In response, Cornwall who wears many hats as a social media strategist, radio host, producer, and an Integrated Marketing Communication major, penned an essay entitled ‘Combating Hate Speech Through Media: A Young Caribbean Woman’s Perspective‘.

According to the Integrated Marketing Communication major, “Hate speech is a phenomenon that can be defined as threatening speech or writing expressing prejudice towards a specific group, primarily based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.”

She noted that “As a black undergraduate student from Jamaica, especially being a part of Generation Z, I have experienced countless attacks in the form of hate speech.”

Isheba Cornwall, University of the West Indies, Mona student (Photo contributed)

Not to be deterred by her own experiences with hate speech, Cornwall shared: “We need innovative and creative ways to combat hate speech. I believe that both traditional and new media can provide support.”

To her counterparts, the radio host’s message was simple, “While there is no singular cure for hate speech, my wish is for young people to stand up and fight against it.”

Her invitation to submit the piece follows the UNAI welcoming The UWI as an official member in April.

The proclamation of an International Day of Countering Hate Speech stems from the UN’s recognition that hate speech is on the rise.

Hate speech incites violence, undermines social cohesion and tolerance, and causes psychological, emotional, and physical harm to those affected.

The UN calls on member States, the private sector, the media, faith leaders, educators, actors of civil society and those affected by hate speech, to exercise their moral duty to speak out firmly against instances of hate speech and play a crucial role in countering the scourge.

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