Statement on Race: An Extended Discussion in Plain Language of the Unesco Statement

Statement on Race: An Extended Discussion in Plain Language of the Unesco Statement

Statement on Race: An Extended Discussion in Plain Language of the Unesco Statement

Statement on Race: An Extended Discussion in Plain Language of the Unesco Statement

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In the decade just passed more than six million human beings lost their lives because it was alleged they belonged to an inferior race. The horrible corollary to this barbarism is that it rested on a scientifically untenable premise. On this the scientists of the world are agreed. And through an agency of the United Nations a group of them have gone on record to clarify the whole concept of race.

On July 18, 1950, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) issued a Statement by Experts on Race Problems. Its consequences should be of truly universal importance, for it effectively demolishes the myth that race determines mental aptitude, temperament, or social habits.

Parts of this Statement were published in the press throughout the world, and the whole of it has appeared in four or five journals. There have, however, been many requests for an interpretative edition of the Statement, which would amplify each paragraph and set forth some of the facts and findings upon which it is based. Since I was the member of the Committee, responsible for the original draft of the Statement, who was called upon to edit it into its final form, the publisher suggested that I undertake the present volume. The project appealed to me because of the obvious value of such a volume, the enlarged circulation it would give to the Statement, and . . .

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