From the Director

Against Dehumanization

Humans are capable of both humanizing and dehumanizing behaviors. Guided either by morals and compassion or by greed and hatred, they can build humanizing or dehumanizing societies. Most Americans would agree that the trajectory of humanity has been for the better in the quality of material and social life. That trajectory, however, has been uneven and inconsistent; there have been backward steps characterized by harassment, discrimination, hatred and violence against those peoples defined as inferior by those who feel superior and destined to rule or simply feel threatened in the quality of their lives. One of the enduring systems of dehumanization is racism.

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