June 8, 2013

Letter: America’s most challenging issue

— Sunday, June 9, is Race Unity Day. In many American communities it will be embraced by people of all colors as an opportunity to reaffirm their belief that world peace, prosperity and well-being ultimately depend on  the recognition of the oneness of humanity. Until a few years ago, the day was celebrated in Lakeshore Park as well, but unfortunately there has been none in Whitfield County in recent years.

The day was introduced in 1957 by the Baha’is of the United States, who had earlier started a series of race amity conferences in our nation’s capital as a means of promoting racial harmony and understanding. Baha’u’llah (The Glory of God), the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith,  taught that each of us carries a responsibility to ourselves, our families, our communities, our world and one another to work toward a just and equitable society. Race unity is but one step in that path to equal opportunity. We have learned from hard experience that whenever there is inequality among peoples, no one group is damaged but all of society is harmed.

The Baha’i community frames it this way

“If the human race is one, any notion that a particular racial, ethnic or national group is in some way superior to the rest of humanity must be dismissed: society must reorganize its life to give practical expression to the principle of equality for all its members regardless of color, creed or gender; and all individuals must be given the opportunity to realize their inherent potential and thereby contribute to an ‘ever-advancing civilization.’”

Will Dalton consider how this might benefit our town?

Joan McGovern