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Racial Discrimination

The spectre of racial discrimination which has for so long cast its dark and evil shadow over much
of this globe is slowly disappearing.  Men are coming increasingly to be judged by their talents and
abilities rather than by the less meaningful and far more superficial standards of race and religion.
But there yet remain those who, in their bigotry and ignorance, resist this flooding tide, and it is
against these that our efforts must be directed. The struggle to win for our brothers in South Africa
that status as free men, free to stand, heads high, among free men as equals, which so many
millions of Africans and Asians have attained but yesterday, goes on. Our duty is not discharged,
our course is not run, our victory not won so long as apartheid, the legitimized policy of the
Government of the Union of South Africa, prevails in any area of the world.

In South Africa, an attempt has been made to legislate the inequality of the races. This attempt is
doomed to failure. We here are all pledged not to pause in this strife until its emptiness and
mockery are revealed for all to see and those who have used it for their own purposes have
abjured this doctrine which is an insult to all men and to Almighty God in Whose image we are
created. But, at the same time, let us not bemuse ourselves with the notion that it is any more
possible to legislate equality, for these matters concern attitudes and values over which intellect
sadly exercises but little control. Let us not recoil in hatred against those who, even while
protecting their freedom from bias and prejudice, reveal by their actions that the poison of
discrimination has left its lasting effects, and by this reaction reveal that we, no less than they, are
prey to unreasoning emotion, that we, no less than they, are susceptible to that virus which is
called intolerance.

Apartheid Must Be Discredited

The African states have already imposed direct sanctions in the economic and diplomatic fields in
an attempt to influence the policies of South Africa and to convince the South African leaders that it
is in no sense in their interest any longer to adhere to this policy. We should, during this
Conference, consider if there are not additional measures which we may adopt to speed the
inevitable day when the policy of racial discrimination and the principle of apartheid are
discredited and abandoned.

But let us take pride in the fact that as free men we attack and abhor racial discrimination on
principle, wherever it is found and in whatever guise. We can, in addition to the economic
pressures of which we dispose, bring our moral weight to bear and rally world opinion to our  
cause by revealing the brutality, the inhumanity, the inherent viciousness and evil represented by
this policy.

It is only natural for man to strive towards a better life, to wish to educate his children while he
himself was uneducated, to desire to shelter and clothe them while he himself was naked and
scourged by the elements, to strive to spare them from the crude diseases by which he himself was
ravaged. But when these ends are realized at the expense of others, at the cost of their degradation
and poverty, these desires, which are not intrinsically immoral or pernicious in themselves, must
be frustrated, and the means by which these otherwise legitimate ends are sought to be attained
must be scorned and shunned.   

We ourselves, the Non-Aligned Nations of the world, seek no less than others these same
objectives.  And it is not by mere chance that we also count among our number the great majority
of the underdeveloped nations  of the world, for not until the direction and determination of man's
fate is firmly within his own grasp can be devote the totality of his strength to his own good.

September 23, 1963