A New Italian Manifesto Against Racism

An interdisciplinary group of biological and cultural anthropologists, coordinated by Giovanni Destro Bisol, has published a new manifesto on "Nature" against racial discrimination to fight the current atmosphere of intolerance.

Eighty years after the Italian Racial Laws were promulgated in 1938, an interdisciplinary group coordinated by Giovanni Destro Bisol from the Department of Environmental Biology, including both biological and cultural anthropologists, has reaffirmed the principle of the equality of all humans through a manifesto for the education on human diversity and unity. 

The manifesto, which has published on Nature, aims to promote respect and defend the dignity of human rights, promoting the understanding of human diversity, creating a community and solidarity through empathy and humanity.

“Human diversity is not and must not become a tool for discrimination,” explains Prof. Destro Bisol. “It must be viewed for what it really is: a key to our evolutionary success, a value for the present and a treasure to preserve for the future.”

Due to the events that are characterizing the current social context, understanding human diversity in its many different aspects has become an indispensable element for cohesion and civil cohabitation. 


The Manifesto of Human Diversity and Unity, Eighty Years after the Italian Racial Laws - Destro Bisol, G., Danubio, M. E., Magistrelli, A., Greco, P., Pavanello, M., & Gagliasso, E. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 2018, 96, 1-5. DOI: 10.1038/d41586-019-00668-y

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Giovanni Destro Bisol
Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome


Thursday, 28 February 2019

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