A Lovingly Distinctive Approach to the Elimination of Racism:
Fostering a Moral and Spiritual Change in Individual Hearts.
Can you see yourself as a partner in Racial Justice?
Racism is a profound deviation from the standard of true morality. It deprives a portion of humanity of the opportunity to cultivate and express the full range of their capability and to live a meaningful and flourishing life, while blighting the progress of the rest of humankind. It cannot be rooted out by contest and conflict. It must be supplanted by the establishment of just relationships among individuals, communities, and institutions of society that will uplift all and will not designate anyone as “other”. The change required is not merely social and economic, but above all moral and spiritual.
– Universal House of Justice, July 22, 2020
If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men.
Race Amity reflections
What is Race Amity? Listen to these thought leaders explain what race amity means to them.
About the Movement
On the one hand, America’s most foundational belief is — E Pluribus Unum, “Out of Many, One”. The opening of our constitution proclaims these words…”We
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
On the other hand, racism is America’s first sin. Today, it is our most vital and challenging issue. For nearly 350 years, since the Declaration of Independence
was penned, America has lived in a state of cognitive dissonance and conflict. Our history, while a great one, has been marred by the near extermination of the
Indigenous people who had occupied these lands for centuries and the enslavement of Africans brought to our shores in chains. From those earliest of
times racism and anti blackness has evolved into a systemic disease that has infected virtually every fiber of American society.
A moment of historic portent has arrived in America. The conscience of our citizens has stirred, creating possibilities for marked social change. (3)
Partners in Racial Justice (PRJ) believes that the peoples of the world are ultimately destined to realize the oneness of mankind. It is a condition of maturity
that we have been moving toward for the last two centuries as our world has become a mere neighborhood. But, there can be no oneness without equal
justice for all. And there will be no serious movement toward justice until we begin to care for one another as we do the members of our own family. That
essential caring will not occur through legislation and the enacting of laws, as important as such measures may be, as for more than a century, countervailing
forces to such laws have merely led to new expressions of the disease of racism. What is required to foster such caring, is to get to know one another. But, fear, operating even at the subconscious level, has created a mighty barrier to the condition of familiarity among most of us. We must break down those barriers with conscious intention. Perhaps we might say that the intentional creation of cross-racial relationships is the anti-racist, cycle-breaking work of our times. Creating relationships is not enough. These relationships must become heartfelt and deeply abiding. The key to such lies in the recognition of the truth of the oneness of mankind. Searching for that truth together enables us to experience our common humanity. PRJ believes that the desire for profound human
connection is embedded within the depths of each of our souls.
-Universal House of Justice, July 22, 2020
PRJ offers a variety of intentional spaces aimed at bringing hearts together. Promising to edify and inspire, programs will include group reflections on our spiritual reality, meaningful conversations on racial justice, and open discussions led by individuals putting the principle of the oneness of mankind into practice in a variety of ways.
Our Race Amity Welcome Portal Series is a wonderful place to start.
A variety of other spaces racial justice oriented spaces are also offered:
Confederate Currency: The Color of Money is a collection of 300 paintings by artist John W. Jones. Drawn from the money notes of nineteenth-century America, these paintings consider the inextricable relationship between the enslavement of Africans and the foundation of American economic power.
Partners in Racial Justice has worked with Jones to bring his work to galleries in Florida and Georgia, and continues to promote this message nationwide.