ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Telephone & Fax: 788.62.33
Racism and racial discrimination in all its multifaceted
manifestations has invariably had a negative impact on human society
throughout decades and centuries of documented history.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon modern society at the beginning
of this new century to seriously evaluate itself and face its weaknesses
in order to rid the world of this dangerous ailment threatening the
future of forthcoming generations.
In the critical assessment of the past and present is a major
test of our binding sense of individual and collective responsibility
under the guardianship of this great international organization, the
United Nations, which we have agreed to recognize as an international
instrument for peace and prosperity on this planet.
One of the first things that come to mind in relation to racism
and racial discrimination is that it is a phenomenon which has persisted
throughout our human history and resulted in many afflictions and
tragedies. The most recent
tragedies that come to mind include the premeditated plan to annihilate
the native Indians, as well as, the exploitation of Africans who were
dehumanized in the cruelest and most offensive manner.
However, shifts in contemporary and historical trends show us
clearly that this phenomenon with its ethnic, religious and racial
elements has begun to diminish in its popularity.
Little by little, it is being replaced and re-manifested through
a new scale designed to discriminate between nations and peoples on the
basis of rich vs. poor nations and developed vs. developing countries.
People of advanced nations whose progressive civilization took
strides in science and technology, in general, look condescendingly and
with a sense of superiority upon people of less advanced nations.
What makes the gap wider and worse for humanity is that some of
the advanced nations have constantly taken advantage of the negative
circumstances from which less advanced nations have suffered. By doing so, they have gained even more power over developing
countries and have managed to continue exhausting their resources.
This is often done in devious and insidious ways that obstruct
any potential for advancement and progress.
Gradually, all of this has led to a major disparity, instability
and imbalanced states in world affairs as witnessed today especially in
comparison between the West and East, the North and South, whereby the
injustice and oppression are so deep-rooted and widespread that the
inequity is self-evident. Moreover,
empirical studies and statistics further support that two thirds of the
world revenues go to one third of its population.
Whereas one third of the world’s revenue goes to the remaining
two thirds of the world’s population in developing countries.
Since the world has become a smaller “Global Village” due to
more efficient and sophisticated communications and transportation
networks, it has been easier to follow up its overall momentum.
The general sense of injustice and oppression has devastated the
population of developing nations leading some groups to migrate in
unrestrained large numbers to the advanced world.
The negative and tragic consequences of such wide-scale migration
have affected both the migrating people and the population in which they
had to be integrated.
Injustice and oppression have led some other groups to express
their resistance and indignation through extreme forms of opposition.
The dangerous consequences of such angry rebellion have made the
threat of violence and terrorism a reality for the innocent victims who
always end up paying the price with their lives for crimes they did not
commit and oppressive circumstances they are not responsible for.
Therefore, we think that combating racism and racial
discrimination should be undertaken through analyzing its basic roots in
poverty which originate from ignorance and lead to backwardness.
If we were able to stop this vicious cycle, we might be able to
The more powerful ones among us, who have achieved high levels of
progress in science and technology, have to assist their brothers and
sisters in humanity to attain the same level, if we truly want to
eliminate discrimination. Combating
racism and racial discrimination cannot be done with kind words or
through media and propaganda oriented donations.
What the Developing World needs is neither food, which will be
eaten by the strongest among them, nor arms which tyrants will use
against the weaker ones. The Developing World needs the means to development and
progress. This end cannot
be achieved except through education, and education alone.
The Western world owes huge debts to the Third World which should
be paid. America should pay
thousands of billions of dollars to Africa as compensation for the lives
of millions who were transported as slaves to the two American
continents by Western enslavement machinery during three centuries.
After all, it was on the shoulders of those Africans that America
built its agriculture movement and to a large extent its industrial
revolution and progress. Europe
must also pay thousands of billions of dollars to Africa, Latin America,
and a large region of Asia since it was European colonization that
destroyed local economies in these countries.
It did so through sacrificing wide-scale local agricultural
systems and replacing them with single product marketing strategies
which transformed local economies into dependent consumers to serve
Europe’s best interests. In turn, local economies lost their independence and
industrial labor was no longer able to meet the required standards for
The Third World strongly objects to and disapproves of those
superficial and trivial media and propaganda oriented donations which
are offered nowadays to mask hundreds of years of oppression.
America and Europe must pay back the true value of compensation
owed to the Third World. Repayment
is imperative if we really and truly aspire to achieve international and
humanistic harmony to prevent feelings of hatred and malice and to
safeguard this planet from violence and the tragedies of wars.
The leaderships of the developed world must realize that their
exerted efforts in regards to the problem of underdevelopment and its
related consequences of racism and racial discrimination is not only in
the best interests of their own people in the long-run, but also such
efforts are debts they should repay to developing nations.
They must realize efforts on their part are not favors or acts of
condescending generosity. What
developed nations enjoy today in the Western world is the result of
great strides taken previously by other ancient civilizations in India,
China, Persia, North Africa and North of the Arabian peninsula such as
the Chaldeanian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Phoenician, Sumerian, and
Pharaonic civilizations. As
the American Historian W. Durant stated in his large volumes titled
“The Story of Civilization”, the Western world would be gravely
mistaken if it thought the civilization and luxuries it offers today
originated in the Greek and Roman civilizations.
The Greek and Roman civilizations were merely elementary students
of the Eastern civilization.