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MESSAGE ABOUT RACE AMITY

June 19, 2020

A Message from the Bahá’ís of the United States

The Bahá’ís of the United States join our fellow-citizens in heartfelt grief at the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others whose lives were suddenly taken by appalling acts of violence. These heartbreaking violations against fellow human beings, due only to the color of their skin, have deepened the dismay caused by a pandemic whose consequences to the health and livelihoods of people of color have been disproportionately severe. This has come to pass against a backdrop of longstanding racial injustice in virtually every aspect of American life. It is clear that racial prejudice is the most vital and challenging issue we face as a country ...

From the Bahá’í perspective, racism is one of the most baneful and persistent evils in society. ... Accordingly, any campaign to eradicate racism must change those attitudes and beliefs.

— Bahá’í International Community