H. The Race, Ethnicity and Language panelists
after careful deliberation on the theme of “Racism, Bigotry and Prejudice: Intolerance and World Peace” submit to the assembled Congress the following resolution:
Whereas, the progress of peace is impeded by racial, ethnic, caste, religious, linguistic and other types of intolerance; and,
Whereas, bigotry is directed against non-religious believers,
Whereas, discrimination is often based on notions of hierarchy, purity and pollution, and/or myths; and,
Whereas, intolerance results in the denial of history, culture, language, and self determination of particular groups; and,
Whereas, dominant groups (race or caste) appropriate a disproportionate share of power, authority, wealth, resources and prestige; and,
Whereas, groups who are discriminated against are often victims of violence, inhuman and degrading treatment, extreme poverty, are treated as if they were invisible, disproportionately targeted, blamed for social ills, subjected to improper security legislation and custodial abuses, as well as other unjust treatment; and,
Whereas, governments often explicitly or tacitly support private actors who perpetuate discrimination; and,
Whereas, discrimination is cumulative domination, and has social, political and economic dimensions; and,
Whereas, definitions of race and ethnicity vary by history and geography; and,
Whereas, understanding the colonial history is necessary to understand racism in context.
Wherefore, be it RESOLVED:
a. To rely on “social movements” to develop new discourses on racial justice;
b. To recognize and understand the contributions of all groups toward the development of their societies;
c. To develop education systems with adequate resources to acknowledge educational differences, meet the needs of all groups, and teach the culture of respect and tolerance;
d. To facilitate interaction between the youth of different racial, caste and indigenous groups;
e. To increase access to opportunities, education and resources and decrease economic inequalities;
f. To teach respect for universal human rights principles of nondiscrimination and equality;
g. To promote language flexibility;
h. To eliminate hate speech and racist propaganda.
i. To encourage and facilitate a vision of a society in which every human being is treated with dignity; respect; and provided with equal means for growth and development, and enjoy inherent human rights.