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On the 200th Anniversary of the Abolution of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, In Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
(FROM LEHIGH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND STAFF)
ON THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABOLITION OF THE TRANS-ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE, IN OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
March 29, 2008
QinQin, Grad Student from the College of Education
The NGO briefing at UN was about the racial discrimination in this country and its related history. It focused on the tension between European Americans and African Americans, which was originated from the slavery in the 18th century. We were first shown a video clip of a group of black and white students visiting Goree island to trace the slavery history. The result of that visit was, “Color doesn’t matters. The inner part of people is all that matters.” The following panel discussion was very informative and educational. I got to learn some historical facts of the slave trade, which gave me a clearer picture of how racial discrimination was started in this country. It is very encouraging to see people commemorating the abolition of the slave trade and making their efforts to improve the contemporary discrimination issue by learning from the history.