As I write this article, the Black Lives Matter protests are taking place all around the globe. I really hope that the anger at the injustice we all feel right now isn’t a temporary outrage that isn’t put into constructive action to overcome this pervasive problem.
In my own life, back in the autumn of 2019 I was thinking about how many children I photograph that are from multi-cultural families. My own child is one of them (she’s half Persian and half Scottish). I loved seeing their beautiful faces and how diverse everyone was. So, I did a model call for children from multicultural families. It didn’t matter to me what cultures they were from. I just wanted to show diverse families and photograph their beautiful children. The next part of this series is to photograph everyone in the family together.
In this article, I’d liketo share the series of photos with you, along with some suggested ways we can all work towards a solution (inspired by an article found here: https://bahaiteachings.org/need-see-color-ways-bahai-writings-address-racism/)
Nothing gives me hope for the future than when I see children from multi-cultural families
Racial and cultural differences are a source of celebration
“The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
When people say they don’t see colour I think, man, you are really missing the point. The colours are all SO BEAUTIFUL. And the truth is, each colour sort of makes the ones around it more beautiful too. Let’s not strive to not see colour, let’s look at it deep in the eyes and really SEE it – celebrate it, cherish it – protect it and fight for it. – Charity Pabst-Hofert
We all have a role to play—and an initiative to take
The evil of racism won’t go away without everyone playing a part – regardless of race.
The only answer is through daily and continuous effort. Only “genuine love, extreme patience, true humility, consummate tact, sound initiative, mature wisdom, and deliberate, persistent, and prayerful effort, can succeed in blotting out the stain which this patent evil [of racism] has left on the fair name of their common country [America].” – Shoghi Effendi
Let’s seek out diversity and build friendships
This is perhaps the hardest thing to do. To go out of our daily routines – not for the sake of it, but to build bonds of love and friendship. By doing so, we can take the steps to educate ourselves about the history and experiences of oppression that different groups still face today.