[WSMDiscuss] International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Thu Mar 21 14:21:17 CET 2019

International Day for the Elimination of RacialDiscrimination March 21, 2019 

Statement by UN High Commissioner of HumanRights Michelle Bachelet



Humanequality, and the urgency of ending discrimination, are at the core of humanrights. Racism is the opposite of everything we stand for. 




Racism: UN experts condemn mosqueattacks, urge action against nationalist populism and supremacist ideologies 



States must act immediately to stem the tide of hate anddiscrimination, to protect vulnerable populations and to ensure racialequality. 




Caste discriminationis blocking progress on the SDGs 

Murali Shanmugavelan, March 21,2019 


Structuralinequalities and discrimination are at the core of the caste system. Castedetermines social hierarchy and restricts people's access to fundamental humanrights. It reduces social, political and economic opportunities where thepractice is prevalent in South Asian countries and the global diasporas.




Freeing the word 

H.S. Shivaprakash, TheHindu, March 21, 2019  



K.B. Siddaiah’s poetry -- Kanda Kavyagalu -- steersaway from the established idioms and paradigms of poetry 




'The victim becomes the criminal': how prosecutors vilify thosekilled by police 

SamLevin, The Guardian, March 21, 2019 



Inreports on police killings, district attorneys dredge up negative details aboutvictims and promote racist tropes, adding to families’ pain




BeingBlack in a White Academic World

By Jamelle Bouie,Rachelle Hampton,Aisha Harris,and CarvellWallace, Slate, March 20, 2019 



What it’s like to betold you don’t deserve your spot.




New York City High Schools’ Endless Segregation Problem

AdamHarris, The Atlantic, March 20, 2019 



Sevenblack students were accepted to Stuyvesant High School this year. Five yearsago, the number was exactly the same.




With Regards and InSolidarity 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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