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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