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Say no to hate and work to fight against racism by participating in the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This important day acts as a reminder that the work toward equality throughout the world is a battle that takes place all throughout the year. Get connected with this day and make a difference in the world for today and for the future! 

History of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

For centuries the cultural and racial barriers between humans have been the cause of difficult relationships, negative treatment and even the outright abuse of people of different races and nationalities. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is here to raise awareness about and work to reduce the instances of racial inequality in locations around the world.

Several different events led up to the founding of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966. The date of this annual event was set to remember and honor the shooting that occurred in Sharpville, South Africa on March 21, 1960, where 69 people were killed at a “peaceful” demonstration against apartheid.

Each year, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination brings with it a fresh theme that encourages people to think deeply and consider how to end racism. Recent themes for this day have included:

  • Voices for Action Against Racism (2022)
  • Say No to Hate (2021)
  • Recognition, Justice and Development (2020)
  • Promoting Tolerance, Inclusion, Unity and Respect for Diversity (2017)

Though the system of apartheid in South Africa has been dismantled, the issue of racism still continues in many places throughout the world. The hope for this anti-racism day is that efforts toward education and awareness will open minds and change behavior both now and with the coming generations. Get involved with this important day to make a difference in every small corner of the planet.

How to Celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Each person on the planet can take advantage of opportunities to work toward ending the ignorance and hate that lies behind racism. Consider some ideas for connecting with different people to celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

Read the UN Statement about Race

One of the best ways to get involved and show support for this day is to learn more and get educated about some of the issues connected with racism. The United Nations adopted its Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice, reaffirming that all humans are “born equal in dignity and rights and all form an integral part of humanity”. In honor of the day, look up this declaration, read it and share it with others. 

Connect with Others Against Racism 

An excellent way to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination might be to get connected with others in the community who are already doing this work. Those who are of majority backgrounds should be particularly sensitive to listening and learning from those who have been discriminated against. Tearing down walls through care, education and an attempt at understanding can be a great way to continue the fight against racism.

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