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Answers to racism: the drama that still plagues the world

The United Nations General Assembly designated 1971 as International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, to be observed in the name of the ever growing struggle against social discrimination in all its forms and in the name of international solidarity with those combatting racism. It called on all States to cooperate in every possible way in implementing this international campaign and to intensify and expand their efforts, at the national and international levels, towards ensuring the rapid and total eradication of racial discrimination, including the policy of apartheid, nazism and all of its contemporary forms, as well as other manifestations of racism. U.N. Secretary-General U Thant has expressed the hope that the International Year Against Racism will bring "a general recognition that the theories, ideas and prejudices which lead to racism and racial discrimination are unjust and abhorrent, and that a great responsibility rests upon all to eradicate the shameful practices which they encourage."

Download the PDF to discover articles such as "Race and I.Q",  by Otto Klineberg, "Inequality before the law in South Africa", "Learning the three T's in school", by Ali. A. Mazrui, and a portrait of Nikolai Miklukho Maklai, a 19h century champion of anti-racism inNew Guinea, by Nikolai A. Butinov.

Discover other issues and articles on Racism in the UNESCO Courier.

November 1971