Today marks the twenty-second anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) International Day for Tolerance celebration. Initially founded as a follow-up measure to the United Nations Year for Tolerance (1993), the International Day for Tolerance catalyzes open dialogue and exposure between all people.
This Day could not have come at a perfect time since a significant emotionally-charged midterm election took place just last week. While the results seemed to heal a few wounds among the American people (specifically black and brown people, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and immigrants), the rallying call for resistance and reform is still echoing across the nation. For so long, the idea of tolerance has been both a privilege as well as a tool for further subjugation. Those who inherently carry more privilege in society are generally able to view tolerance as an equal to acceptance – which it is not. However, those who continue to struggle to fulfill fundamental rights are appeased with the idea that they should be grateful that society masks its hatred as tolerance.
Thankfully UNESCO acknowledges this double meaning, saying in part: “Tolerance must be more than indifference and the passive acceptance of others. Tolerance must be seen as an act of liberation, whereby the differences of others are accepted as the same as our own. This means respecting the great diversity of humanity by human rights. It means reaching out to others across new bridges of dialogue. This means standing up to all forms of racism, hatred, and discrimination because discrimination against one is discrimination against all.”
Mamizi encourages everyone to participate in the International Day for Tolerance by educating others and themselves on social topics that are of importance. Every person should have the opportunity to enjoy life, and not just exist. Creating an engaging atmosphere is of the utmost importance to Mamizi, and we urge our readers to practice allyship, patience, and of course, tolerance.
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