This man makes me proud of being a Baha’i

For the first time one of my Social Media Tweets has gone *slightly* viral.

I’m so proud to discover that the Second African-American (second black person as well), Ronald E. McNair, to fly in…

Posted by Zachary Zavidé on Saturday, July 20, 2019

The animated story and the retelling of it by his brother is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okF5UGpivR8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0YQdREazGS05Z4jw4vpQfyaMF2254T5qWvQswvuoRdgmwjyQWfvmQv7Cw
I did mention to V that I was shocked that I had only learnt about this story (and that too from a Pakistani not Persian Baha’i).
She immediately replied that’s because he was “a black man Zach.” While I’m proud of this story, which frankly is more impressive than any temple built by our institutions, I’m also ashamed of the endemic and silent racism within the community.
It is always interesting to me that in our avowedly “non-racist” (and non-sexist faith) it’s always Persian & White Men (and their Spouses) who become the Superstars of the Faith.
So it is interesting that while I’m busy with my one-man crusade online to Persianise Pakistan (restoring our High Culture is a difficult but worthwhile task) I’m fighting a very different battle to find moral equity within our Persianate Faith.
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