March 21st “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”

By Joan Wark
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On March 21st, people around the world celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Recognition of the importance of eradicating racial discrimination and the social, economic, political and cultural damage caused by racism, xenophobia and bigotry remain central to the fight for social justice for all people.

Discrimination creates a culture of oppression and poverty.

Trade unionists have long been clear that dividing workers weakens them and gives power to employers. If we are to continue to build a strong, diverse and inclusive labour movement, we must support, encourage and strengthen participation of all workers, including racialized workers. We must make room for all voices and their experiences in our governance structures, in our policy initiatives and in our workplaces.

This day is an opportunity for all of us to renew our commitment to end such injustices of discrimination. We must learn from our history and we must accept the damages to people caused by racial discrimination and eliminate such acts. That means that together we must learn from history and that each of us must take steps to correct those historical wrongs so we can eradicate prejudices and teach tolerance and respect for diversity everywhere and for all.

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