Reflection: Why Saying ‘I’m Not Racist’ is Not Enough

This Reflection features an article from Baha’ by Cynthia Barnes-Slater, a Baha’i from the Wilmette, IL area.

In her article, Cynthia warns that “Actively unlearning racism requires challenging personal ‘I’m not racist’ mantras.” and cites an essential teaching of the Baha’i Faith:

The Baha’i Writings ask us to be “anxiously concerned with the needs of the age we live in” and to “center our deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.”Consequently, eradicating racism is a daily endeavor, an urgent undertaking for every man, woman, and child in this country. Being informed about the history of racism and its 400-plus year legacy in American society at all levels, and learning about practical, personal ways to eradicate it — within a framework of the oneness of humanity — is an essential prerequisite for global peace and security.

Read Cynthia’s entire article here:

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