Eliminating Racism

The United Nations has declared March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. However, every day should be the day we eliminate racism. The following was first posted in 2014.

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International Day Racism

Today is the International Day for the Elimination  of Racial Discrimination.  It is an odd day indeed. Do we wish each other “happy racism elimination day” or do we  express “condolences”?

In 1966 the United Nations designated March 21 to commemorate the policing killing of 69 people (mostly unarmed students) at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa. The General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to end all forms of racial discrimination


This year’s commemoration is made more poignant because of the recent death of Nelson Mandela, who was at the epicentre of the anti-apartheid movement. Mandela died knowing that apartheid has ended, but the reality of racism and discrimination remains not only in South Africa but around the world.

The theme for this year is the role of leaders in combating racism and racial discrimination.

It must be remembered, however,  that many…

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