International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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What is it?

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
This day honors the 69 peaceful protestors of apartheid who
were murdered on March 21, 1960, by police in Sharpeville, South Africa. The
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was subsequently established in 1966 by the United Nations General Assembly in response to this senseless tragedy. While we may seem far removed from the horrors of apartheid, there is still much work to be done around addressing racism and its impact. Observing this
day is a small step towards the larger goal of eliminating racial discrimination.

How can I observe the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?

  1. Raise awareness that this day exists – post on social media, organize a watch party of a racial justice documentary, the possibilities are endless!
  2. Protest racist policies and practices: If there is something you notice that is discriminatory, make your dissent known however you feel most comfortable. This can look like anything from writing to your legislator to posting on social media.
  3. Get outside your comfort zone: Take a moment to examine beliefs and biases you may have that perpetuate racism. While potentially uncomfortable, this internal work opens the pathway to fostering anti-racist attitudes on a larger scale.
  4. Increase your around racism knowledge: If you’re curious about racism and its impact, do some research!
  5. Practice kindness: Treat those around you with dignity and respect, regardless of their racial background.
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