We are not equal!

Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned;

Until there are no longer first class and second class citizens of any nation;

Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes;

Until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race;

Until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained.

Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will;

Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven;

Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.

Haile Selassie’s address to the United Nations, 1963

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