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Racism is the belief that characteristics and abilities can be attributed to people simply on the basis of their race and that some racial groups are superior to others. Racism and discriminination have been used as powerful weapons encouraging fear or hatred of others in times of conflict and war, and even during economic downturns. (globalissues.org)

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." (Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

"Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father." (Brothers and Sisters to Us, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1979)

"When the world is compelled to coin a new term to take account of increasingly widespread bigotry, that is a sad and troubling development. Such is the case with Islamophobia." (UN Secretary, General Kofi Annan)

Powerful Videos:
Understanding Race
Danger of a Single Story

"White Racism in the United States: A Schematic Presentation of its Components" by Harry Cook

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