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Introduction: Education for Citizenship and Democracy is Necessarily Antiracist

Any educational programme associated with citizenship and democracy is required to be intrinsically antiracist. Racism is a barrier to citizenship and is the antithesis of democracy. A racist perspective denies the fundamental claims of democracy and human rights. Both democracy and human rights depend on an understanding and agreement that all human beings are entitled to equal respect for their dignity and equal rights. Racism is a set of beliefs and practices, explicit or unwitting, premised on the greater entitlement of one group to both respect and rights. Racism therefore undermines the very basis of democracy and human rights. Its antidote is antiracism.

Democracy is a world view as much as a form of governance. It is ...

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