Happy Racial Discrimination Elimination Day!

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Where are the peonies and wisteria here?

Would they feel safe and welcome to grow and heal here?

Would they see themselves reflected in their teachers faces, wall decorations, and food choices?

Would they be attended to and exposed to the same sun as the others?

How can we bloom when others are missing?

Where are the peonies and wystera?

Why don’t they grow here?

Who decided some flowers don’t belong, don’t deserve, don’t access?

Our ecosystem feeds off of the survival of all flowers.

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“The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an opportunity to renew our commitment to building a world of justice and equality where xenophobia and bigotry do not exist. We must learn the lessons of history and acknowledge the profound damage caused by racial discrimination.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Experts and anti-racism activists hold a debate at the Human Rights Council on the state of racial discrimination worldwide. Among the participants were Ms. Christiane Taubira, French Minister of Justice and Mr. Doudou Diène, chair person of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

The discussion aimed to explore the root causes of racism and racial discrimination. Experts stressed the essential need to learn the lessons from historical tragedies, in order to combat racism and racial discriminations today.

Watch the video: http://sm.ohchr.org/1GDIfue