Monday, March 20, 2006


Today is the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Here's what Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has to say about it:
"We must combat all forms of intolerance by celebrating the diversity and the differences that enrich the human family. But we must work to reduce the differences that are imposed, rather than chosen, that speak of deprivation rather than fulfilment and that fuel the xenophobic discourse about the relative merit and desert of individuals based on stereotypical attributes attached to their race, religion or ethnicity.
Laudable words, but interesting that for a day supposedly about combating racism, religion should sneak into her press release.

And here's the poster advertising it:

Hat tip to the Pub Philosopher, who reckons:
The lonely Lego brick graphically illustrates the struggle of the Danish people, deserted by their allies, against a power bloc united in its hatred of them.
Others aren't quite so sure. What do you think?

UPDATE: I'm fairly certain that's intended as a map of Denmark, with Sjaelland (the bit with Copenhagen on it) represented by the Lego brick and the message "Racism takes many shapes" referring explicitly to the row over the Jyllands Posten cartoons. A theory that is supported by the inclusion of "religion" in the statement from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Nice.


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