Seeking Light in the Darkness of “Race”
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Wheeler, J. “Seeking Light in the Darkness of ‘Race’”. The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, vol. 27, no. 3, Sept. 2017, pp. 57-83, doi:10.31581/jbs-27.3.2(2017).


In this article, the author explores racialism through a lens that integrates a sociological and Bahá’í-informed perspective. A historical sketch of how the race concept evolved is offered, along with a contemporary analysis of what history has wrought at the macro and micro levels of society. Viewing racialism as a dark, subjugating aspect of social life, the author presents the oneness of mankind as an enlightening force that, when actualized through individual agency and collective social action, has the power to transform society as small-scale efforts snowball into community-level movements.
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