International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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2021 Date21 March 2021
2022 Date21 March 2022
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination History

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination seeks to abolish racism and xenophobia. This day serves as a remembrance for the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa in 1960. Police had opened fire at protestors during a peaceful demonstration against apartheid pass laws. The result was 69 dead and hundreds injured.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was established in 1966 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on March 21st in honor of those killed in the Sharpeville massacre.

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 2020 was People of African descent: recognition, justice, and development.
  • According to the U.S Sentencing Commision, in the U.S black male offenders received 19% longer sentences than similarly situated white male offenders over a four year period (2012-2016).
  • In 2019 the UN General Assembly emphasized that any doctrine of racial superiority is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous and must be rejected, together with theories that attempt to determine the existence of separate human races.
  • We must all work harder to repair the fissures and polarization that are so prevalent in our societies today. We must nurture mutual understanding and invest in making diversity a success. And we must counter and reject political figures who exploit differences for electoral gain - UN Secretary-General António Guterres

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Top Events and Things to Do

  • Speak with friends and family about their experiences with racial discrimination. Hearing other's interactions or experiences, especially those closer to home, can better your understanding and empathty.
  • Donate to reputable charities or organizations that help eliminate racial discrimination. Some examples include Initiatives of Change and Diversity Data.
  • Watch a documentary highlighting racial discrimination in the US. Here are our suggestions:
    The Uncomfortable Truth (2018)
    Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story (2015)
    American Experience: We Shall Remain (2009)

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - References and Related Sites

UN: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
www.ussc.gov: Demographic Differences in Sentencing

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