It is thanks to the years of hard work by civil rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and other devotees and revolutionists that we are where we are today as a society. Despite their work, the ideological war against racial segregation is equally as relevant in today’s society—if not more—as it was then. He said (in 1968), “However difficult it is to hear, however shocking it is to hear, we’ve got to face the fact that America is a racist country.”
Even today, the same question agitates our minds. Is there a way to end racial segregation? Yes, the solution is in the different Holy Scriptures. In the Bible, Peter says, “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation, anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34–35).
Ask yourself, is it right to have prejudice just because another person does not have the same skin color as yours? What if the other person fears God more than you? Who would be acceptable in the eyes of God?
The Qur’an says, “O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may recognize one another. Verily, the most honorable among you, in the sight of God, is he who is the most righteous among you. Surely, God is all-knowing, all-aware” (49:14).
To root out racial segregation and intolerance, we need to work together at all levels to educate everyone. In this regard, the saying of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah, is very relevant. He said, “The principle to which we [must] adhere to is … kindness at heart for the whole of mankind.”