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International Action against Racial Discrimination$
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Michael Banton

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198280610.001.0001

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The Racial Convention

The Racial Convention

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(p.50) 4 The Racial Convention
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International Action against Racial Discrimination
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Michael Banton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198280610.003.0004

Like Plato's Republic, the ICERD is founded on a noble lie: that racial discrimination, as defined in its opening article, can be eliminated. Events leading up to the unanimous adoption of the Convention in 1965 are described. The preambular paragraphs represent racial discrimination as resembling a sickness; the operative paragraphs conceive of it as resembling a crime. Without the rhetoric promising elimination, the Convention would not have been adopted. Without the obligation upon all states parties to introduce legislation, the Convention would have had no practical effect.

Keywords:   ICERD, legislation, obligations, racial discrimination, rhetoric, states

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