On Bullies and Human Rights: YouTube Trolls S1E19 #TeamDignity #Dignity #UDHR UDHR 12


In an earlier video I talked about
bullying on the workplace but what about cyberspace? I’ll address that in today’s
video. [MUSICAL INTRO] Hello Good People! My name is Janiece and welcome to “Dignity,” the channel that
illustrates how human rights impacts our daily lives. If you’re new here, “Welcome!” I invite you to check out the playlist marked “Most Viewed,” and I ask you to please consider subscribing. I’m going to start this video off with a story about myself. This goes back to when I was in law school. I dropped off some work at a
printer and when I returned to pick it up at the assigned time, it wasn’t ready. I was frustrated and the clerk asked me if I could come back in a couple of hours. My response was, “I don’t have a choice now do I?” And he didn’t say anything to me
but he looked me dead in the eyes. And like they say , “The eyes are the window to
the soul,” and what I saw was pain masked by a stoic look. I remember that because I felt so badly about treating that man that way. I didn’t treat him fairly, I did not acknowledge him as a person of value, in other words, I didn’t acknowledge his dignity as a
human being. What was going on with me, had nothing to do with that man or
anybody else that I spoke to in that manner, but I do know that since that
time I have looked at myself to understand why was it that I would
behave this way. So you might ask, “how is that bullying, and what does that have to
do with cyberspace?” Well bullying is bullying whether it takes place face to face or in cyberspace. And there’s a lot of it going on here on
YouTube. In fact, today marks one year since I launched this channel. And I’ve
observed a lot of trolls out here in the YouTube community. But before I continue, I want to share something with you written by Donna Hicks a doctor who is
an associate at Harvard University. She’s an expert in dignity and she became an
expert through her work in conflict resolution. “Dignity is our inherent value
and worth as a human being; everyone is born with it. [It’s the] glue
that holds all of our relationships together, is the mutual recognition of
the desire to be se en, heard, listened to, and treated fairly; to be recognized, understood, and to feel safe in the world” As I said before, I didn’t treat that man fairly. And by not acknowledging his dignity, I
undermined my own. There’s a lot of that going on here on YouTube. I’m witnessing
a lot of criticism, a lot of disparaging comments because people do not like
what other creators are, are saying, what they stand for, how they choose to live their lives. Some trolls even established channels for the sole purpose of disparaging other creators. [Pause] Let me continue with what Dr. Hicks has to say about dignity. “It”s an expression of who we are it derives from our doing our best to live as an ethical human being. we live with a nourishing sense of gentle dignity as we become honest with ourselves kind towards, others and respectful of life in all forms.” I did the work of becoming
honest with myself and it’s a lifelong journey. I haven’t finished. There are
times when I want to lash out at people and I do a little exercise and I ask myself, “What’s the earliest time that you remember feeling this way, and what was
going on?” There’s usually some kind of connection to what I’m feeling in the
present and how I felt in the past: some kind of transgression; some kind of
injustice; someone was undermining my dignity.
It was around 1999 when I was a hearing officer for the city of New York and
presided over quasi-criminal cases concerning suspended special education
students. I had a case of first impression involving cyberbullying a
math teacher shared an email address with her students so that she could
tutor them after school. A former student who had the email address sent her
messages criticizing he appearance, mocking her religion and made reference to Nazis. No one knew who the perpetrator was so as current students decided to befriend
the individual. Subsequently, he admitted to her that he indeed had been sending these messages. That was at a time
when email was all the rage and the latest form of technology. Since then, 14 states impose criminal sanctions including jail time and fines on
individuals convicted of cyberbullying. You might argue that you have a right to
free speech and that’s true. A cyber bullying law in New York State was ruled
unconstitutional on freedom of speech grounds. In addition, the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 acknowledges an individual’s right to
free speech. However, Article 29 articulates our
duties and limitations as individuals. Item 2 thereof reads, “In the exercise of
his rights and freedoms everyone shall be subject only to the limitations as
are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and
but for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just
requirements of morality, public order, and the general welfare in a democratic
society. I want to bring your attention to, “for the purpose of securing respect the rights and freedoms of others.” This is a critical
matter in the YouTube community in that the laws have since changed since 1999
and they’re in the process of changing. Not only are YouTube Trolls undermining
own self-respect and dignity, but also putting themselves at risk on criminal
legal liability. I’m asking all the trolls out there who are attacking of
the creator’s digging in their past for any obscure, innocuous so-called
transgression to bring to the fore to try to bring someone down, to lash out at
others, to use the likeness and image of their family members, their children,
their husbands other loved ones, in order to try to make a fool of them and tear
them down. Gather petitions or to galvanize others to close down a channel because
you don’t like what somebody has to say my question to you is, “Why do you keep
watching?” YouTube is the second largest search
engine to Google. There are plenty of channels out here. You can find something that makes you feel good or that you can learn from. But to engage in an exercise
of tearing one another down? We’re only tearing down ourselves when we do that. One more thing that she said about dignity. “It rest securely on how we are
viewing and holding ourselves.” What comes out of our mouths is a reflection of ourselves. Our criticisms of someone else is really a criticism of ourselves. And I’ll leave you with this last quote. “Whenever we honor someone’s dignity, we strengthen our own.” Until next time, be well and remember to live your life with dignity. Bye, Bye!