giovedì 18 marzo 2010


"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite"
Nelson Mandela

The best-known anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, was released from 27 years long lasting political imprisonment in 1990.

Now, 20 years later, Europe's society is on the edge of separation along the lines of ethnicity, religion and wealth. This dangerous erosion of social cohesion is fuelled by populist propaganda; lack of awareness and education; and the common shortcut of scapegoating to deal with complex problems.

Diversity is something that has to be valued, enjoyed and given importance. In this way it is needed to teach love and not hate - and be aware about the beauty and potential of a European society that became more diverse and heterogenic in the last 20 years.

It is crucial that this awareness evolves from the bottom up. Hence the commitment of grass-roots organizations and the UNITED Network in a campaign that aims to unite Europe in one common Action Week became a necessity.

Source: UNITED for Intercultural Action

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