We ask the United Nations to reinterpret and redefine "racism"

We ask the United Nations to reinterpret and redefine "racism"

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In 2021, we should stand up against racism, and we should ask the United Nations to reinterpret and redefine "RACISM".

Since the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Racial Discrimination in 1963, racism has been interpreted and defined as racial discrimination, that is, racism is a self-centered attitude that racial differences determine the historical and cultural development of human society and that the groups to which one belongs, such as race, nation or state, are superior to other groups. Over the past 60 years, while some results have been achieved in eliminating all racial discrimination throughout the world, racial discrimination, hatred, violence and even racial terrorist atrocities still have emerged, particularly structural and systematic persecution of specific groups of people. Recent incidents of violence against Asians, ethnic persecution and xenophobia in a number of countries have fully demonstrated the need and urgency of reinterpreting and redefining racism.

The fundamental principles of international law for the elimination of all racial discrimination, established in 1963, place emphasis on moral condemnation. There is an urgent need today for the development of the basic norms of international law, “to cease, eliminate and punish all racial discrimination, racial hatred and racial violence”, with a focus on legal sanctions. Now it’s time for the United Nations to take the first step towards reinterpreting and redefining racism. That is, racism should include: racial discrimination, racial hatred, racial attacks, racial terrorist atrocities, as well as structural and systematic discrimination and persecution against specific groups of people.

The reinterpretation and redefinition of racism by the United Nations should be accompanied by the addition of its statement, which is intended to guide United Nations Member States in the development of separate domestic legislation and administrative legal responsibilities for the cessation and punishment of racial hatred and violence. While punishing crimes, the State compensates the victims, especially the elderly, women and children who have suffered. At the same time, we must also prevent the violent tendencies of racial revenge.

Perhaps 2021 provided an opportunity for the United Nations to immediately reinterpret and redefine racism, further establish the fundamental principles of international law on ending racial discrimination, crime, etc., and advance the domestic legislation of its Member States. We cannot continue to leave these long-rooted historical legacies to future generations. Today is a critical time to promote racial inclusion and equality and dignity for all, which is the shared responsibility of the international community. More importantly, hate crimes and reprisals, which have created a vicious circle between different races, colors or ethnic groups, may be avoided.

The whole world is paying attention, we will work to raise people’s awareness of this issue. Hatred will never win, violence will never have peace.

There can be no more silence about racial hatred and violence, it's important to stand up and make a change. That is the only reason why we are making recommendations and appeals to the United Nations today.                                 

Chinese citizen Tong Zeng

06 of April 2021

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