Thursday, May 10, 2007

ON THE QUESTION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION:

"...Until the philosophy which holds one race superior

and another inferior





is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned:
























That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation;




That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance
than the color of his eyes;









That until the basic human
rights are equally guaranteed






to all without regard to race;








That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship







and the rule of international morality


















will remain a fleeting illusion



to be pursued but never attained;




Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest;

have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will;




Until all Africans (and Amercian Blacks) stand
and speak as free beings,








equal in the eyes of all men,













as they are in the eyes of Heaven we know that we shall win,




as we are confident in the victory of good over evil."
– Haile Selassie I


In his speech to the U.N., Selassie reminded his listeners that these are only words
their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honour them
and give them content and meaning.



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