BLACK FRIDAYS- DE-PROGRAMMING ANTI-BLACKNESS SERIES
All Pupil of the Eye (POTE) are invited each Friday night who desire a safe space to learn about their role as a person of African descent, who wish to be among other black and brown people of the diaspora to heal themselves.
Welcome to the Pupil of the Eye (POTE) ONLY Friday night talks. The Pupil of the eye (POTE) is a spiritual designation given to people of African descent by Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, who came to restore dignity and identity to downtrodden people. You have received a link to this page because you are of African descent, love black people, desire justice, are open-minded, and want to participate in elevated conversations eliminating racism.
We invite our friends of different faith traditions or no faith traditions to join us in our common cause which is, “the elimination of racial prejudice.” We look forward to learning from you as we share our insights with you who are not of our faith tradition too! “Bahá’u’lláh (1863) once compared the coloured people to the black pupil of the eye surrounded by the white. In this black pupil you see the reflection of that which is before it, and through it the light of the Spirit shines forth. In the sight of God colour makes no difference at all, He looks at the hearts of men.”
So, here we are creating a safe space to educate, nurture, and encourage people of African descent to arise and realize their high station given by God. The Baha’i Faith teaches that racism is a spiritual disease and an affront to human dignity. Racism, a system designed to maintain a perpetual underclass based on the ideology of anti-blackness cannot be easily rooted out without awareness, focus, and pro-black re-programming. As Baha’i’s, that is our mission, racial justice. “His Holiness Christ says: Blessed are the poor, for theirs shall be the Kingdom of Heaven. In other words: Blessed are the nameless and traceless poor, for they are the leaders of mankind. Likewise it is said in the Qur’án: “And We desire to show favor to those who were brought low in the land, and to make them spiritual leaders among men, and to make of them Our heirs.“ Or, we wish to grant a favor to the impotent souls and suffer them to become the inheritors of the Messengers and Prophets. (Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 34) [1 Cf. Matthew 5:3.] [2 Qur’án 28:5.]
IN THE BAHA’I FAITH, THE BLACK DESCENDANTS OF AFRICA WHO HAVE BEEN DISPLACED AND SCATTERED AROUND THE GLOBE AND ARE THOSE NAMELESS, TRACELESS, IMPOTENT AND POOR SOULS , NOW HAVE A UNIQUE STATION AND ARE SHOWN A REDEMPTIVE FAVOR: It is impossible to live in America and not be affected by anti-blackness ideologies. Clearly the system of superiority has affected us all. And, sadly some have succumb to the programming and become stockholm-ized, neutered, and tokenized and although “black”, they harm us even more. Others have bought into the message of inferiority and forgotten their nobility. The truth is, neither of these extreme views are healthy and this space is to de-program and educate us all! In this 2020 series of discussions, members of the Bahai Faith will share their insights on how to heal ourselves and reclaim our Divine station of nobility from a variety of perspectives.
TO RECEIVE A ZOOM INVITATION, COMPLETE THIS FORM. IT IS BY INVITATION ONLY! YOU WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO INVITE YOUR POTE (pupil of the eye / people of African descent) FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONCE CONFIRMED, BUT EACH STILL NEEDS TO REGISTER ONLY ONCE FOR ALL THE TALKS.