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Secretary-General António Guterres expressed support for initiatives “to reclaim, recover and reconstitute the history of those who were enslaved,” and said, “ending slavery’s legacy of racism is a global imperative for justice.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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25 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We support initiatives to reclaim, recover and reconstitute the history of those who were enslaved. We also acknowledge that racism is both a cause and a legacy of slavery. And we recognize that the impact of the slave trade remains visible in racial injustices and inequalities today. Ending slavery’s legacy of racism is a global imperative for justice.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The racism at the core of the system built on slavery condemned Africans to enduring second-class status. To provide justification for the slave trade, Africans were consistently portrayed as less than human. Racist tropes circulated widely, incorporated into sermons, pamphlets and cultural expressions, and given legitimacy by pseudo-science and legislation. So, while the transatlantic slave trade ended over two centuries ago, the ideas that propelled it remain alive today.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In Europe, the United States and elsewhere, white supremacists are organizing and recruiting across borders. According to the Anti-Defamation League, white supremacist propaganda reached an all-time high in 2020. We must counter all lies of racial supremacy. The irrefutable fact is that we are all equally part of one race – humankind.”
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Secretary-General António Guterres today (25 Mar) expressed support for initiatives “to reclaim, recover and reconstitute the history of those who were enslaved,” and said, “ending slavery’s legacy of racism is a global imperative for justice.”

Addressing a General Assembly event marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Guterres said, “racism is both a cause and a legacy of slavery” and the impact of the slave trade “remains visible in racial injustices and inequalities today.”

He said, “the racism at the core of the system built on slavery condemned Africans to enduring second-class status. To provide justification for the slave trade, Africans were consistently portrayed as less than human. Racist tropes circulated widely, incorporated into sermons, pamphlets and cultural expressions, and given legitimacy by pseudo-science and legislation. So, while the transatlantic slave trade ended over two centuries ago, the ideas that propelled it remain alive today.”

The Secretary-General noted that in Europe, the United States and elsewhere, “white supremacists are organizing and recruiting across borders” and white supremacist propaganda “reached an all-time high in 2020.”

He said “we must counter all lies of racial supremacy. The irrefutable fact is that we are all equally part of one race – humankind.”

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade.

Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the slavery system. The International Day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.
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