We believe that attacks against Black churches are not about religion. They are ugly manifestations of ingrained racism, and racism, as we have said elsewhere, "is an affront to human dignity, a cause of hatred and division, a disease that devastates society."
The Bahá'í community has struggled for over one hundred years to help eradicate racism and build an America where all are equal no matter what their race. We express our deepest sympathy to the immediate victims of bigotry and hate. We feel their pain and share their sorrow. We also know that our brothers and sisters whose churches have been destroyed are not the only victims. This entire nation has been hurt and diminished by the malice of a few.
However, we do not want this occasion to pass without affirming our unshakable conviction that prejudice, separatism, and division shall not win. Every attempt to turn back the clock of history shall fail and humanity shall continue on its inevitable march toward unity and peace.National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States