Volume 90, Issue 95

Tuesday, March 25, 1997



Baha'i faith and racial harmony

Re: Baha'i faith

To the Editor:

March 21 was a very meaningful day for many people. It was the spring equinox, the Baha'i New Year and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day was endorsed and vigorously prompted by the United Nations and the Canadian government. Where better to build positive relations among the races than the most culturally diverse spot in London – our campus.

The Baha'i faith was proud to celebrate its New Year on such an important day. From its inception over 150 years ago, the Baha'i faith has been building positive relations and prompting the eradication of all forms of prejudice. The principle of unity in diversity is central to our faith, as articulated by its founder Baha'u'llah. We hope that by promoting the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we can help educate Canadians of the fact that this is a prerequisite for peace and harmony in our community, our city, our country and all around the world.

This concept goes well beyond a mere tolerance for others different from ourselves. It surpasses multiculturalism or a pluralistic society. It is not a passive acceptance of the status quo; it implies an active and conscious embracing of the oneness and wholeness of humanity in all its diversity, including race, religion, beliefs, class, culture, ability or disability and education.

It is hoped that the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a day to enjoy the similarities and appreciate the differences that make our community such a wonderful place to be. We hope that in the future it will engage both hearts and minds in this most challenging and vital issue, the unity of all people.

Until prejudice in all its forms becomes a thing of the past, everyone is invited and encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate diversity. We must unite in the goal of consulting and working together to achieve peace and goodwill for the future of our children and ourselves.

Susan Gammage
Library Information Sciences I

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