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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.” After that racist slur, Masud’s parents tried to teach him the vision to see beyond both the subjective and the objective reality—to see beneath the surface of appearances, because “in a very real sense, as a black person in America, your life depends on it.” 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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  • Elizabeth Pakravan
    Jan 29, 2019
    I would love to learn more about how to apply the Baha'i teachings in a practical way to my daily job which is related to bringing more diversity to the institution I serve and find ways to make people from underrepresented communities feel welcome in our work environment. If you please may contact me. I was praying since I moved to the US to find inspirations like yourself to guide my steps.
  • Nancy Markovich
    Feb 25, 2018
    touch my heart! incredible presentation of TRUTH! accolades!!!
  • John Grinder
    Feb 11, 2018
    Powerfully and heartfelt spoken demonstration of being a pupil of the eye.
  • Marie Macfarlane
    Feb 08, 2018
    Interested
  • Rosslyn and Steven Osborne
    Feb 02, 2018
    Absolutely Awesome! Thank you immensely...Ros