Freeing Ourselves From the Stain of Racism | Masud Olufani

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, race and culture activist Masud Olufani describes the first time a little white boy named Bobby called him the n-word. Racist words, Masud learned, are laced with a potent toxicity, some of which can last a lifetime. “The rust on the blade,” he says, “lingers long after the knife has been drawn from the wound.” In this compelling video, Masud tells the story of his growing consciousness as a Baha’i of the essential oneness of humanity. 

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In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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  1. Thank you Masud for a compelling story of your 7th year of life in an American school, where you are caught between the friction of truth and the spark of reality anyone of color knows to be false when hearing America is “the land of the free, the home of the brave” and the promises bound in the words of the “Pledge of Allegiance”. My heart cries for the pain you endured and the rage you released when a classmate could only see your color and not your spiritual essence. My son, Moriji, also at age 7, while walking in a school corridor in Sapulpa, Oklahoma was assaulted and condemned because of his Filipino complexion. The crocodile tears he shed moved me towards a total commitment to address Racism in America and across the planet. Shortly there after a small group of Baha’is in the Tulsa area engaged with Nate Rustein’s creation of The Institute for the Healing of Racism. A turbulent, painful, but productive 15 months later a whole new perception for “the Oneness of Humanity” was envisioned. No longer would I suffer the discomfort and occasional fear that arose while in the presence of people of color. “The truth will set you free” became a layered reality for a path of service to ALL of God’s creatures. Thank you for sharing your story and giving cause for me to share too.

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