What is Racism?

Racism

Racism is defined as the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another; that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her innate biological characteristics.  This article talks about this term’s meaning and historical existence.

The Anti-Defamation League. “Racism.” The Anti-Defamation League. http://www.adl.org/hate-patrol/racism.asp (accessed June 2008).

United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

The United Nations (UN) calls for the abolishment of racism around the world. This declaration states that all activities affecting people’s race should be considered a violation of human rights. It also holds government, education and society responsible for taking certain measures to minimize racism and promote the respect of all people’s liberties.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.” Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. http://www.un.org/WCAR/durban.pdf (accessed July 5, 2008).

Working Far From Home – Migration and Discrimination

The UN’s Conference Against Racism, which took place in Durban in 2001, shared stories of real-life migration situations in various countries. The conference was held to promote tolerance and decrease prejudice. Many people are forced to flee their countries hoping to make a better life, but instead they find a world full of stereotypes and violence. This conference tried to make the world conscious of this issue.

United Nations Department of Public Information. “Working Far From Home – Migration and Discrimination.” United Nations Department of Public Information. http://www.un.org/WCAR/e-kit/migration.htm (accessed July 2008).