Category Archives: Commentary

The Dynamic Force of Example . . .

The reality of man is not his material body, but his thought! “As a man thinketh, so is he, “ we read in Biblical scriptures. “But the thought force and the animal force are partners,” state the Baha’i Holy Scriptures.

Although man is part of the animal creation he possesses a power of thought superior to all other created beings. Therefore the glory of man is wisdom, not ignorance; light, not darkness. If man were to care only for himself he would be nothing but another animal. Nay, lower than the animal that has no freedom of choice. Continue reading The Dynamic Force of Example . . .

Policing Reform or Change?

Among the subtle lessons being taught during the great demonstrations over the murder of George Floyd—and others—is the difference between liberal approaches and progressive approaches.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans, white and black, see policing as seriously problematic. Liberals tend to think that institutions in America are structured just fine with a need for mending here and there. Many liberals in traditional fashion tend to believe policing in America is okay, but a few problems have developed that require tinkering around the edges. Continue reading Policing Reform or Change?

Fellow White People, Let’s Unpack This

by Jessica Quinn,
Online Communications Specialist

Those who know me, know I love using the phrase, “Let’s unpack that.” When a friend is sharing a trouble or worry from their personal life, I immediately begin with, “Ooh, we need to unpack this.” It is my way of showing interest, really leaning in, and trying to address the root.

When I began on the path toward anti-racism and toward examining my whiteness, I had to get comfortable being uncomfortable – lean in, and try to address the root. I had to greet feelings of shame, defensiveness and nervousness, and encourage them to take a seat because we were going to be here a while. It’s important to use the same approach that I share with others when things are hard: I need to unpack this. Continue reading Fellow White People, Let’s Unpack This

Achieving America’s Spiritual Destiny . . .

According to the Baha’i Faith, among the youngest of the world’s major religions, the primary key in achieving world unity, the major factor is inevitably racial harmony. Such spiritual destiny could be best achieved only in the United States of America where the largest number of diverse peoples currently reside most harmoniously.

In a prayer revealed in 1912 while visiting the United States, Ab’du’l-Baha, the son of Baha’u’llah, prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith referred to this nation as “ just, revered and worthy of God’s favor.” Elsewhere in the Baha’i Writings is stated that America . . must “become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees. . . and lead all nations spiritually! Continue reading Achieving America’s Spiritual Destiny . . .

Law Enforcement Bill of Rights

Police officers who use excessive force against citizens, including murder, have rights and privileges that regular citizens do not have. I have written recently about how police unions protect police officers from prosecution. However, it is unclear to me, which is more outrageous in its protection of police officers—unions or law enforcement bill of rights.

Yes, you read that correctly. In at least 16 states and counting (Georgia is about to pass such a law), there are laws called law enforcement bill of rights (LEBOR). While these laws differ from state to state, they operate very similarly. Continue reading Law Enforcement Bill of Rights

The Wait is Over

by Velda Love,
Minister of Racial Justice

On April 16, 1963, while sitting inside a jail cell after being arrested for protesting and demonstrating peacefully in Birmingham Alabama, King wrote a response to eight white Alabama clergymen. The eight clergymen wrote a letter criticizing his presence in Birmingham and the aggressive approach to securing civil rights for black people in the state of Alabama. They were worried that the civil rights movement and its demands for equal justice would cause violence. Yet they and other whites across the country refused to acknowledge the centuries of violence perpetuated on black bodies since 1619. Continue reading The Wait is Over