True Freedom

700 years ago today… There is no reason to accept the English paper system of the Gaelic clans the Albannaich.. Impelled to hold no more.. It is time to light the Council Fire

Bho na 19 Pueblos ann an Hart na Talmhainn, mar thoradh air an dearbhadh a chuir 19 riochdairean bho na h-Albanaich an ainm

“O mo Thighearna uachdaranach! Chan eil annam ach vassal de Thine, agus is tusa, gu fìrinneach, Rìgh nan Rìgh. Thog mi mo làmhan solair gu nèamh do ghràs agus do bhilean. Cuir sìos, ma-thà, ormsa o sgòthan d ’fhialaidheachd a chuireas às dhomh na h-uile ach thusa a shàbhaladh, agus a tharraing mi faisg ort fhèin.”

Cha mhothaich MacGillivray, Grey, Caimbeul no Albannan gu bràth na h-oidhirpean pàipeir air cinedhíothú ar daoine, tha ar fuil agus ar facal nas làidire fhad ‘s a bhios sinn a’ toirt seirbheis do Dhia. Tha ar uachdaranas air a bhreith ann an gnìomh, chan e facal. Tha Ar-a-mach Ameireagaidh na dhearbhadh air fuil agus gnìomh … Tha rola MhicGilleBhrath anns an ar-a-mach, an dàimh a th ’aig ar cinneadh ri Daoine Dùthchasach Eilean Turtle, na dhearbhadh air leantainneachd uachdranas agus cunnart amaideachd. Bhruidhinn Neach-dèanaidh Sìth an Haudenosaunee ar cànan màthaireil, Teachdaire Dhè … a-mhàin ann a bhith a ’coileanadh ar dleastanas a bhith a’ giùlan an lagh sin, Lagh na Sìthe, a bheil uachdranas sam bith ann. Feumaidh an impis airson Neo-eisimeileachd beachdachadh air àite Albighean ann an Dearbhadh Neo-eisimeileachd, agus ceartachadh eucoirean a rinn iomadachadh bho eileamaidean neo-chùramach den Ar-a-mach sin, agus an aonadh teaghlaich againn le Tùsanaich Ameireaga a-Tuath agus teaghlaichean uachdarain a chaidh a thoirt a dh ’Ameireagaidh tro Thras Tràille Tràillean a’ Chuain Siar. . Is e mo ùrnaigh gum bi na cinnidhean a ’slànachadh agus a’ deàrrsadh bho Dhia a fhuair tiodhlacan, seach pàipearan a tha dearbhte le pàipear. Bidh sinn … is e an ceum a bhios againn

Is e an Dearbhadh sòlaimte agam, fear de shliochd Dearbhadh na Neo-Eisimeileachd, agus Mayflower gur e Baha’u’llah tilleadh ar tighearna Iosa Crìosd ann an Glòir an Athar, mo bheatha a bhith na ìobairt airson a fhìor charaidean san aois seo. Is e an rud a tha air fhàgail den chinneadh againn Tiomnadh Dhè, gum faod sinn a fhrithealadh

Deghettoize // Antigentrify

Decolonize // Reindigenize

Drop the denial of oneness, affirm our oneness with Creator and Creation.. Address the root problem without judgement… Reframe to reality (beyond the belief in duality)… Cocreate with the holy Breath of Life we have left.

Peace prevails on earth, we must be patient

Hall to White: Point of Process for an Insurrection

Hall to White: Point of Process for an Insurrection (working letter 1.1)

Starting at 11:18PM, after reading through your coherent and passionate call for a process of insurrection… It seems an important duty to point out several statements made within that call, and to shine a light on another path…

My daughter is sleeping in the other room, I have work early in the morning, as does my wife.. Parental priority pushes this message to take on poetic form

to not respect grammar, lest the pith be lost in divisiveness and over supersticious perfectioninsm which drags down all life… no hestitation, but this call for awakening violence, without any consideration for the serious lessons missed on Sept 17th 2011 and beyond, is alarming

who can not prove that the rise of fascism within the states is not a direct byproduct of mob, noir garb aggressing frauds of patriots…. there is nothing in the Constitution that the right to privacy applies to public space… and a right to privacy doesn’t exist if the intention to commit a crime is present… I witnessed plenty of crimes committed in the name of Occupy… in fact there are entire films which contain my face and slander my family name with unintelligible lies, and insight violence against me… sucessfully insighted I should say

and those films, one of which was made by Bannon…

the bigotry cannon who hurled the US and is now hurling Europe into a renesainse of vitriolic racialism … to me, racism is what we must wage an insurrection against… and that starts within ourselves… how do we do that??

because if we do not truely deal with the roots within the SOUL of America and within every one of her citizens, it doesn’t matter what we do… insurrection is a disgusting word… it is an innappropriate word… how can a colony have an “insurrection”? A colony cant… a soveriegn state can.. A colony can revolt, can shed the colonial power.

But this word you use, this spirit you conjure, insurrection… is something I swear to God you are not ready to weild and have not shown a shred of responsiblity for throwing out in public the first time you called for an “occupation” … how can you not see your own hand in the rift of this Country?

America has everything it needs to progress, the will of the people is misused by misleaders like yourself. How can someone like yourself claim to be a “co-creator” of Occupy but fail to continue dialogue with those who bled for that farce of a plan to work?

I agree 99% with almost everything you write in your call for an insurrection, except the most important part, that 1% of the words you use, which communicate the spirit… and the spirit I see and hear is irresponsible and failing to take account of the past and to build with a TRUE COMMUNITY, not a Psudo community, which will only lead to more chaos…

If you call for insurrection right now, I state planeley today, all chaos sown by Occupy belongs on your hands, anny innocents who were harmed, is on you brother… because it is clear you are calling for even more chaos without doing an ounce of work to make the mistakes of Occupy something that is not the cause of suffering for innocents….

I would also go as far as to say that you are an amrchair activist. I feel you are an armchair activist I have respect for, but my heart and soul are disgusted with this call and I pray for that respect to not be tarnished, because if you persist in this call for the letting of blood, and are not ready to defend that call… against me at least… then that respect should be transmuted into an aversion

And that transformation, be it one way, or another, should be decided in public… I will not be part and party or be associated with anyone using the term insurrection…. you should think about those around you, and those you have colonized with your claim of having any leadership at all with Occupy, before raising that standard.

And I today, raise a higher standard… I know and pray we both can raise a collectively higher standard, for justice… may it be rooted in destroying the foundations of prejudice within the souls, hearts, minds, DNA, families, memories, icons, memorials, statues, clans, tribes, Nations, languages, peoples, states, religions and scientific fields and every noock and cranny of government and every molecule of ink that forms or imperfect but ever advancing laws… may our very breath affirm the union of each other’s ethnic past and future… may we be as the one tree we are, whose branches and roots form one strong whole.. and with that strength, may we honor the love in the anger you wish to channel here… because anger is what is required to topple tyranny… but violence…. is not….. most of the time

I invite you and anyone reading this, to participate in lighting of a Sacred Fire, from an ember from the Central Council Fire of Standing Rock, for Healing Prejudice and honoring treaties…

A Glimpse of the Global Women’s March


captured by my wife Anne Apparu-Hall in Albuquerque

posting about Women’s March moments… just feels sooo cheap on FB/Instagram/twitter.. these “social” network machines that forces us to show off that we care? It’s such a catch 22 to want to share with loved friends, but to do so in a system that harvests it all to sell/survey/and intrude our lives (seriously watch the BBC documentary Hypernormalization, it’s way worse than tailored ads) … so may as well share this on WordPress first
ANYWAY, it was beautiful to see Albuquerque show up with 10,000+ people.. more than Denver (not like it’s a competition?). Was blown away by the heartbreak, the tears shed, and the hope kindled. Women are stronger than men, it’s because men are not living their full potential, that we have this kind of ignorant weakness parading around as “strength”. That’s the real foundation of equality… when men start to reach the same level of sacrifice, will, endurance, intelligence and compassion that is so innate in the mother’s of humanity.. that’s when the game will change, and equality with reign in all fields.
sOne of my favorite quotes comes to mind “When all mankind shall receive the same opportunity of education and the equality of men and women be realized, the foundations of war will be utterly destroyed.”
I firmly believe this to be true, that it is one of the expedient paths to peace… not that women cannot be warlike, but that in general, when we see as many women as men in governments around the world (something the world sees glimmers of)… these systems of death will be destroyed… as they must, before we enter the throws of runaway climate change (the beggings of which can be seen now).

Fool’s Paradise to God’s Kingdom


Above is the “US flag in Arabic calligraphy & pledge of allegiance. In “One nation under God,” Of course Allah also means God … Dios, Wakan Tanka, 神, Dieu

Below is the quickly written, first go at a new song, and hyperlinked lyrics. Please!!! How can it be improved, what does it connect to for you?  Much to be done to make it a presentable song/poem


Fool’s Paradise to God’s Kingdom

anger used to stimulate my creativity, but parasympathetically

nervous system listens to the whizzing

CPU fan cooler, backtracking memory of old schooler

teachin without rulers

measuring without leaders

runnin into the future sooner rather than later

welcoming the darts of haters

willing to die in the journey if it pleases the Creator

Tyler the brain flayer

hip hop poetic saber chaser

how many young got sum words for the modern Darth Vader

my tong is a barrier, behind it is my inner savior

connected to our Maker, inspired by the Divine Intermediator

Ethereum blossom

shaper of colossal revolution

like corpus callosum splitting

the heavens have been cleft

the atom is left

break it and be swept

in atomic deth eater harry potter smarter than gannandalf gannondorf cornered, light arrow soldier

soldering sobs into present day meditation mobs

God help us stop the enemy within

as we listen to You, revealing through our Souls

our soul

overgrows the egoes in ovels

transcending the old ghosts

shelling our home with seedbomb sowin heirloom raspberry womb food

birth the new

the old is fuel

raise the new

the future is not ruled by dudes

it respects the domestic animals more than fools disrespect the mothers of today

but through the wounds we grow closer to God as we pray to transmute this America from the fool’s paradise it is, to the Kingdom of God that lives inside all of our hearts… because in no other part of Mother Earth can such powers be proved for all to see

Yá Allahu’l-Mustaghath – may it be – raise your Kingdom in We, the People

Dear US Trade Rep for TPP

Here is what I wrote to the US Trade Rep on the TPP via this public comment system –;D%3DUSTR_FRDOC_0001-0366#!submitComment;D=USTR_FRDOC_0001-0366

A mass of #tpptreachery tweets and comments would give a lot of steam to heroes like Lori Wallach of – below this youtube video is the very thing I am reading in video statement


As a descendant of 21 Declaration signers, an Occupy organizer, a Bahá’í

with God as witness, and the 1,354,664+ men and women that sacrificed their lives for this Constitutional Democracy as witness, and the 1,498,237+ men and women that were injured to protect this Just Government as witness… TPP is treachery… Those who contemplate empowering corporations above Nations should put the fear of God in themselves, and the fear of the mob for their families protection, and avoid being associated with this embarassing scam… treason of this magnitude belies the age we live, runs counter to evolution, blasphemes the Divine, and appeals only to liars, tyrants, and criminally minded. The TPP is dead… what will rise in it’s place? God willing something that will benefit the human race, not retard our development or throw us 1,000’s of years backwards for the benefit of a few.  What a preposterous and embarrassing moment in history

The whole world is watching.. and I bet the whole world would accept a REAL trade deal that made economic cooperation easier, secured the environment, instead of plundered it and handed the keys to 9000+ corporate theives as billions language in poverty. The Pacific Rim will be united through justice, not corruption, and the TPP will have accomplished nothing except arousing the attention of 1 billion people, to denounce this conspiracy to undermine progressive law, and replace it with something infinitely better. Thank you

Be warned, whoever touches this “deal” in the state it is in now, will be marked forever as toxic and untrustworthy – please encourage enemies of humanity to pick it up… so the public can really tell who’s trying to drag the world back into the stone age..  the corporate coup stops here

Bernie, Trump and Wikileaks Agree… Defeat TPP

Just because a “deal was reached” doesn’t mean it CAN pass.. in a nation and international civil society that is 100% opposed… between this and Putin’s frank opposition to US irresponsibility in the middle east.. there is hope.  Hard won victories… with a context for success

Here’s the Tea Party publication on Trump’s “Declared War on Obamatrade”

Here’s Huff Posts publication on Bernie’s vow to do all he can to defeat

Here’s wikileaks info on TPP, TTIP, TISA and why it is imperative these illegal trade kaballs must be stopped for global security.


Had To Write Series: 1

Started 2:18AM

while mentally musing about possible one world Government birth scenarios (a fusion between America… a cleaned up one, and Iran… a cleaned up one… process from both countries contributing to an autonomous executive force???? of course these are just musings)..

Anyway, while thinking of that unwieldy thought experiment, I realized that such a East and West union, fusion would greatly enhance human adaptability in the near term global warming catastrophy of corporate materialism totolitarian petroleum poltergeists of old world thought… as much of the world … COULD, become a desert, if God decides we all need to really humble ourselves aka – we refuse to acknowledge the world beyond appearance and live in the plane of sacrifice where life resurects the dead, new generations are born, and old bank notes are burned, and torn king’s thrones are resewn..?

what a droning of psudopoetic drabble.. this is why I feel it worlthess to bable on what the Manifestation of God has already said, in my life I pray to be dead in the face of such a Revelation… because thoughts like this can’t be described except in unpolished prose… I vow not to delete another voul.. vowel… how many benefitters of mankind are stymied because of an absurd, arbitrary defining of an indefinable mercantile language of English?  I digressively ingress back to the subject

in thinking up this thing.. I realized, a truth and a horrible confusion… the diverse union of humanity of America, conversing with (broke my vow, already deleted a misspelling), Iran.. and their people of the East, where it’s insante. .. insanely difficult to cultivate food (ok I have to delete somethings or I’ll never get this written)

the governing fusion of those two Nations will bring untold roots to the seed of a new uniting force for humanity, facing climate catastophy, spreading deserts… and then it came to me, how do the kooked up ISIL crew (half US, half who the hell knows, half blow back, half Saudi Arabian… who knows, possibly even alien influences… :P)  God Almighty… with global warming and a petrodollar undermining mutiny, backed by billion dollar war machinery?… practically – unlimited ??/ (for those who don’t know, Syrian rebels got their hands on 5,000 untouched Stg 44s?… Nazi Germany’s first weapon of WW2 )

wouldn’t global warming make such a crew feel even more empowered by God, to set up a nuclear holocaust?  who would survive the worst Global Warming fall out? But desert cultivating, culturally integrated people?  who cares what oil money these western nations have to offer… less global warming?  means more oil in the ground, good for sovereign nationalists in the middle east… who hate western corruption and domination and petrodollar stagflation *.. more global warming.. means a world where desert culture has more of a premium in terms of civilization building and survival..

Any way, that weird cognitive, terror management theory * epiphany just may be useful to any “politician” or military “tactician..”and hopefully a real empowered peace keeper…

End 2:37 (now i’m finally bored! i can sleep)

Clearing the Air – Regrets from Occupy, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps

this is Eric, one of the best friends I made during Occupy… he was 17 or 18 years old… this picture was taken around Sept 4th, 2011.


This is Eric again, two weeks later, at Liberty Plaza with two 250+ lb police who threw him over their shoulders onto the stone floor – the birth place of the American Revolution… he was sitting on top of a tarp, protecting livestream and internet gear which the NYPD were attempting to expose to the rain

Here is a video of Eric on that same day –

Another video with a better view, including one of my other best new friends Jason Ahmadi, who was bleeding from being arrested on Liberty Ave for assembling in public –

Here is a video of the NYPD denying Eric his asthma inhaler while he was having an asthma attack – he was taken off in an ambulance shortly after –

My reaction should be a bit less out of context now… prior to freaking out at seeing the country I loved beaten in broad day light, on the very cross streets (Liberty and Broadway) where the American Revolution started and ended, on the site where the bodies of the victims of 9/11 were piled, when it’s historic name of Liberty Plaza was changed to “honor” the “developer” Zuccotti Park… which we resolved to reclaim, and were then harassed, beaten, and blocked by media for enacting our right to assemble…  The whole time I had my voice raised, reminding people who were an inch away from smashing police’s faces in for nearly breaking Eric’s head open… After people had calmed down, I was totally traumatized and could do nothing but release my outrage… and laugh at myself for sounding insane… but the attack was so insane and heart breaking… I sometimes want to apologize, but perhaps after the NYPD fire a good 2000 killer cops, terrorizing black children, patriotic citizens, and women …. It might be good to have some murderous bullies apologize first, or to at least ask God for forgiveness – because only God can have mercy on people who crap this hard on the Constitution and expect everyone else to kiss their asses.

Eric and my friends in Liberty Plaza were not the only ones … who were told to get a job and calm down as our Country and planet was being pillaged =

It’s police like this who threaten the safety of the public and the general NYPD, not citizens, standing up against an illegal 16 Trillion dollar bail out and theft of millions of homes.  I’m proud I had a melt down on Wall St… it may be the most embarrassing moment of my life… but incalculably more heroic than complacently sitting back and accepting the ass kicking that banks are giving all of our families, and all of humanity… an ass kicking fuled by the very destruction of life systems and food systems our ancestors worked tirelessly to establish and protect… and counter to everything this Nation is founded on that is good and just.  I would rather be an American melting down, than an American allowing another atrocity to be committed in their name.  My crew’s chant in Occupy was “this is just practice”… practice that moblized 3,500 cities in the world, established direct communication, cut mainstream viewership in half, called the 2012 election, will call the 2016 election, all without taking sides, or attacking an officer.  That is a miracle… and even if I’ve been denied dignified work for 4 years because of media smear… I still stand by my worst moment of my life… because all that money is ueseless compared to the true friends who are there for me and my family when the crash hits… the 700 Trillion $ bubble (according to Forbes, and zerohedge, and Bloomberg)…

No, what I DO regret in Occupy, is not shaking Bloombergs hand when he came into the Park (Bloomberg EXPOSED the bail out, I don’t agree with him 100%… but more than 1% of the time), not knowing that Dennis Kucinich had a bill to Audit the Fed, and not plugging our “demands” process into the White House “Open Petitions” that started on Sept 20th (a clear hat tip from the Executive branch.. and open source petition site!?) … I pray that such mistakes I’ve learned can be corrected with Bretton Woods IV, and the farm to State reclamation of equity based economies, alt currencies and food systems… Anyone who would like to participate – all hands on deck – just comment here of find me on FB or Twitter

The Vision of Race Unity: America’s Most Challenging Issue

The Vision Of Race Unity

America’s Most Challenging Issue

A Statement by the
National Spiritual Assembly of
the Bahá’ís of the United States

Racism is the most challenging issue confronting America. A nation whose ancestry includes every people on earth, whose motto is E pluribus unum, whose ideals of freedom under law have inspired millions throughout the world, cannot continue to harbor prejudice against any racial or ethnic group without betraying itself. Racism is an affront to human dignity, a cause of hatred and division, a disease that devastates society.

Notwithstanding the efforts already expended for its elimination, racism continues to work its evil upon this nation. Progress toward tolerance, mutual respect, and unity has been painfully slow and marked with repeated setbacks. The recent resurgence of divisive racial attitudes, the increased number of racial incidents, and the deepening despair of minorities and the poor make the need for solutions ever more pressing and urgent. To ignore the problem is to expose the country to physical, moral and spiritual danger.

Aware of the magnitude and the urgency of the issue, we, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, speaking for the entire U.S. Bahá’í community, appeal to all people of goodwill to arise without further delay to resolve the fundamental social problem of this country. We do so because of our feeling of shared responsibility, because of the global experience of the Bahá’í community in effecting racial harmony within itself, and because of the vision that the sacred scriptures of our Faith convey of the destiny of America.


The oneness of humanity is the pivot round which revolve all the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. It is at once a statement of principle and an assertion of the ultimate goal of human experience on the planet. More than a century ago Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, wrote: “The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.” It is a principle that issues naturally from the genesis and purpose of human existence. The Word of God as presented in the Bahá’í writings offers compelling insights as in the following examples:

Veiled in My immemorial being and in the ancient eternity of My essence, I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from the same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.

All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindreds of the earth.

Having gone through the stages of infancy and turbulent adolescence, humanity is now approaching maturity, a stage that will witness “the reconstruction and demilitarization of the whole civilized world–a world organically unified in all the essential aspects of its life.” In no other country is the promise of organic unity more immediately demonstrable than in the United States because this country is a microcosm of the diverse populations of the earth. Yet this promise remains largely unrealized even here because of the endemic racism that, like a cancer, is corroding the vitals of the nation.

For too much of its history and in so many places the human race has squandered its energy and resources in futile efforts to prove the unprovable: that one portion of itself, because of separation by geography, a difference in skin color, or the diversity of cultural expression, is intrinsically distinct from another portion. The ignorance and prejudice on which such efforts are founded have led to endless conflicts in the name of the sanctity of tribe, race, class, nation, religion. Paradoxical as it may seem, in the consistency of these negative efforts across the spectrum of the race, humanity has proved the exact opposite: it has affirmed its oneness. The proof is in the fact that, given the same circumstances, all people, regardless of ethnic or cultural variety, behave essentially the same way. In the futility of its efforts to classify and separate its diverse elements, humanity has become disoriented and confused. Unaided by the divine influence of religion, people are incapable of achieving a proper orientation to their innermost reality and purpose and are thus unable to achieve a coherent vision of their destiny. It is in this respect that the Bahá’ís find relevancy, direction, and fulfillment in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of their Faith.

The oneness of humanity is a spiritual truth abundantly confirmed by science. Recognition of this truth compels the abandonment of all prejudices of race, color, creed, nation, and class–of “everything which enables people to consider themselves superior to others.” The principle of the oneness of humankind “is no mere outburst of ignorant emotionalism or an expression of vague and pious hope…. It does not constitute merely the enunciation of an ideal…. It implies and organic change in the structure of present-day society, a change such as the world has not yet experienced.”


The application of the spiritual principle of the oneness of humanity to the life of the nation would necessitate and make possible vast changes in the economic status of the non-white segments of the population. Although poverty afflicts members of all races, its victims tend to be largely people of color. Prejudice and discrimination have created a disparity in standards of living, providing some with excessive economic advantage while denying others the bare necessities for leading healthy and dignified lives. Poor housing, deficient diet, inadequate health care, insufficient education are consequences of poverty that afflict African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans more than they afflict the rest of the population. The cost to society at large is heavy.

Evidence of the negative effect of racial and ethnic conflict on the economy has prompted a number of businesses and corporations to institute educational programs that teach conflict resolution and are designed to eliminate racial and ethnic tensions from the workplace. These are important steps and should be encouraged. If, however, they are intended primarily to save the economy, no enduring solution will be found to the disastrous consequences of racism. For it cannot suffice to offer academic education and jobs to people while at the same time shutting them out because of racial prejudice from normal social intercourse based on brotherly love and mutual respect. The fundamental solution–the one that will reduce violence, regenerate and focus the intellectual and moral energy of minorities, and make them partners in the construction of a progressive society–rests ultimately on the common recognition of the oneness of humankind.

It is entirely human to fail if that which is most important to people’s self-perception is denied them–namely, the dignity they derive from a genuine regard by others for their stature as human beings. No educational, economic, or political plan can take the place of this essential human need; it is not a need that businesses and schools, or even governments, can provide in isolation from the supportive attitude of society as a whole. Such an attitude needs to be grounded in a spiritual and moral truth that all acknowledge and accept as their own and that, like the oxygen that serves all equally, breathes life into their common effort to live in unity and peace. Absence of the genuine regard for others fostered by such truth causes hopelessness in those discriminated against; and in a state of hopelessness, people lose the coherent moral powers to realize their potential. This vitalizing truth, we are convinced, is summarized in the phrase: the oneness of humankind.

So essential is the principle of the oneness of humanity to the efficacy of educational programs that it cannot be overemphasized. Without its broad influence such programs will not contribute significantly to the development of society. The very fact that businesses are themselves implementing educational programs is indicative of the glaring deficiency of the entire educational system. As we have already said, beyond the mechanisms of education lies the essential prerequisite of a proper attitude on the part of those dispensing curricula and, even more important, on the part of society as a whole. On this basis, education is not only the shortest route out of poverty; it is the shortest route out of prejudice as well. A national program of education, emphasizing the values of tolerance, brotherhood, appreciation for cultures other than one’s own, and respect for differences would be a most important step toward the elimination of racism and, as a consequence, the bolstering of the economy.


The persistent neglect by the governing bodies and the masses of the American people of the ravages of racism jeopardizes both the internal order and the national security of the country.

From the day it was born the United States embraced a set of contradictory values. The founding fathers proclaimed their devotion to the highest principles of equality and justice yet enshrined slavery in the Constitution. Slavery poisoned the mind and heart of the nation and would not be abolished without a bloody civil war that nearly destroyed the young republic. The evil consequences of slavery are still visible in this land. They continue to affect the behavior of both Black and White Americans and prevent the healing of old wounds.

Healing the wounds and building a society in which people of diverse backgrounds live as members of one family are the most pressing issues confronting America today. Her peace, her prosperity, and even her standing in the international community depend to a great extent on the resolution of this issue.

That the virulence of the race issue in America attracts the attention of the entire world should spur this country to an unprecedented effort to eliminate every vestige of prejudice and discrimination from her midst. America’s example could not fail to have a profound influence on world society, nor could it fail to assist the establishment of universal peace. “For the accomplishment of unity between the colored and white,” the Bahá’í writings proclaim, “will be a cause of the world’s peace.”

The responsibility for the achievement of racial peace and unity in the United States rests upon both Black and White Americans. To build a society in which the rights of all its members are respected and guaranteed, both races must be animated with the spirit of optimism and faith in the eventual realization of their highest aspirations. Neither White nor Black Americans should assume that the responsibility for the elimination of prejudice and of its effects belongs exclusively to the other. Both must recognize that unity is essential for their common survival. Both must recognize that there is only one human species. Both must recognize that a harmoniously functioning society that permits the full expression of the potential of all persons can resolve the social and economic problems now confounding a society wracked with disunity.

It is evident that both Black and White Americans in large numbers are feeling deeply disappointed and frustrated by what each group perceives to be a failure of the efforts in recent decades at effecting progress in the relations between the races. To rationalize this failure, both have been reacting by retreating to the more familiar ground of racial separation. As the problems with crime and drug addiction mount, the tendency is to use the seeming intractability of these problems as a measure of the failure of years of struggle on the part of both to overcome the barriers of centuries. Formidable as is the challenge yet to be met, can it fairly be said that no significant progress has taken place since the days of the sit-ins at lunch counters across the South?

Similarly, the victims of a protracted and entrenched racial discrimination seek relief in the notion that Black Americans, White Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans are so distinctly different from one another that all of them must stake out their own cultural and social territories and stay within them. Would this be sensible? Would it not be a retreat from the reality of our common humanity? Would it not be a formula for the total breakdown of civilization? Those who raise the call for separation preach a grim doctrine indeed. If the nation is seriously to submit to such a view, where exactly will either the Black or the White Americans divide their cultural heritage, one from the other?

Racism runs deep. It infects the hearts of both White and Black Americans. Since without conscious, deliberate, and sustained effort, no one can remain unaffected by its corrosive influence, both groups must realize that such a problem can neither easily nor immediately be resolved. “Let neither think that anything short of genuine love, extreme patience, true humility, consummate tact, sound initiative, mature wisdom, and deliberate, persistent, and prayerful effort can succeed in blotting out the stain which this patent evil has left on the fair name of their common country.”

Both groups must understand that no real change will come about without close association, fellowship, and friendship among diverse people. Diversity of color, nationality, and culture enhances the human experience and should never be made a barrier to harmonious relationships, to friendship, or to marriage. “O well-beloved ones!” Bahá’u’lláh wrote. “The tabernacle of unity has been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree and leaves of one branch.”


Our appeal is addressed primarily to the individual American because the transformation of a whole nation ultimately depends on the initiative and change of character of the individuals who compose it. No great idea or plan of action by the government or other interested organizations can hope to succeed if the individual neglects to respond in his or her own way as personal circumstances and opportunities permit. And so we respectfully and urgently call upon our fellow Americans of whatever background to look at the racial situation with new eyes and with a new determination to lend effective support to the resolution of a problem that hinders the advance of this great republic toward the full realization of its glorious destiny.

We mention the experience of the Bahá’í community not from any feeling of pride and ultimate victory, because that which we have accomplished still falls short of that to which we aspire; nonetheless, the results to date are most encouraging, and it is as a means of encouragement that we call attention to them.

From its inception in 1863 the Bahá’í community was dedicated to the principle of the unity of humankind. Bahá’ís rely upon faith in God, daily prayer, meditation, and study of sacred texts to effect the transformation of character necessary for personal growth and maturity; however, their aim is to create a world civilization that will in turn react upon the character of the individual. Thus the concept of personal salvation is linked to the salvation, security, and happiness of all the inhabitants of the earth and stems from the Bahá’í belief that “the world of humanity is a composite body” and that “when one part of the organism suffers all the rest of the body will feel its consequence.”

Guided and inspired by such principles, the Bahá’í community has accumulated more than a century of experience in creating models of unity that transcend race, culture, nationality, class, and the differences of sex and religion, providing empirical evidence that humanity in all its diversity can live as a unified global society. Bahá’ís see unity as the laws of life; consequently, all prejudices are perceived as diseases that threaten life. Rather than considering that the unity of humankind can be established only after other problems afflicting it have been solved, Bahá’ís believe that both spiritual and material development are dependent upon love and unity. Therefore, the Bahá’ís offer the teachings of their Faith and the example of their community for examination, convinced that these can make a contribution toward the eradication of racism endemic in American society. We do so with firm faith in the assistance of our Creator, Who, out of His infinite love, brought forth all humanity from the same stock and intended that all belong to the same household. We believe, moreover, that the day of the unification of the entire human race has come and that “the potentialities inherent in the station of man, the innate excellence of his reality, must all be manifested in this promised Day of God.”


The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States is the national administrative body for the Bahá’ís of the United States. The Assembly has nine members and is elected annually by delegates from the forty-eight contiguous states. It directs, coordinates, and stimulates the activities of local Bahá’í administrative bodies and of the 110,000 Bahá’ís in the United States.

The Bahá’í Faith is an independent world religion with adherents in virtually every country. The worldwide Bahá’í community, numbering more than five million, includes almost all nationalities and classes. More than 2,100 ethnic groups and tribes are represented. There are 155 National Spiritual Assemblies.

Bahá’u’lláh was the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The central principles of His religion are the oneness of God, the oneness of religion, and the oneness of humanity. His religion “proclaims the necessity and the inevitability of the unification of mankind…. It, moreover, enjoins upon its followers the primary duty of an unfettered search after truth, condemns all manner of prejudice and superstition, declares the purpose of religion to be the promotion of amity and concord, proclaims its essential harmony with science, and recognizes it as the foremost agency for the pacification and the orderly progress of human society. It unequivocally maintains the principle of equal rights, opportunities and privileges for men and women, insists on compulsory education, eliminates extremes of poverty and wealth, abolishes the institution of priesthood, prohibits slavery, asceticism, mendicancy and monasticism, prescribes monogamy, discourages divorce, emphasizes the necessity of strict obedience to one’s government, exalts any work performed in the spirit of service to the level of worship, urges either the creation or the adoption of an auxiliary international language, and delineates the outlines of those institutions that must establish and perpetuate the general peace of mankind.”