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Color.com

A Forum For Colored Eyes*




For those people with the desire to
share experiences as a person of color,
this Web site offers the opportunity to hold
conversations with people of similar interests.

ForThePeopleOfColor.com's mission is to promote diversity and cultural
competency; to bring to the fore issues of color; and especially to provide
an online forum for people of color and others, who tend to be marginalized.

*Colored Eyes: Those persons who have life experience as people of color
and the marginalization and social otherization that comes along with it.

Mission Statement

"The mission of this Web site is to promote diversity and cultural
competency
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, thereby bringing to
the fore issues of color and caste for the purpose of uplifting people
who have a history of being marginalized, using social media and other
means as platforms to inform various communities of the life experiences
and concerns of marginalized people with regard to the necessity for social
change, social justice, inclusion, compassion, tolerance, cultural literacy,
and growth in our human relations going forward in order to better facilitate
the current worldwide shift in global consciousness from tribalism, instability,
and extremism, to harmony, cooperation and enduring peace. And furthermore,
we welcome and support other organizations that promote the transformation of
consciousness
as taught by Guru Nanak Dev Ji throughout his life and travels."

The Case For Dialogue

WOW, THIS SAYS IT ALL

Posted by Jesus Garcia on Saturday, January 2, 2016

"There needs to be a conversational relationship
between white eyes and colored eyes in America."

My Story


Hari Singh Bird
"To serve is to succeed."

I am a native of the Midwest with a Native American heritage by way of my father and the Cherokee and Modoc nations. I am also a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Sikh minister. Since 1969 I have been a student of Yogi Bhajan, who is the founder of 3HO, the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization and the master of Kundalini Yoga. I began teaching Kundalini Yoga in 1970 and directed 3HO activities in the Denver, Colorado region from 1973 to 1984. I am a retired member of the Security Advisory Team, and a founding member of Akal Committee Thirteen.

My career as an Optician began in 1958 following active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. I maintain active Optician licenses in Florida and Arizona. I am certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO), and National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE). I am a passionate advocate of (a) the resurgence of Opticians as genuine Health Care Providers, i.e., highly skilled Eye Wear Professionals, as opposed to today's eyeglass dispensers, most of whom are trained only as merchants or online clerks, (b) the resurgence of the three dimensional dispensing of prescription eyewear, and (c) most importantly, the conscientious Hands on the Patient practical training of aspiring Opticians in the design and delivery of handcrafted, form-fitted eyewear. I am currently a consultant with Opticians For Change and I conduct Hands-on Frame Fitting Workshops, which are accredited for Continuing Education by ABO and the Florida State Board of Opticians, and sponsored by the Professional Opticians of Florida (POF). See OpticalGuidelines.com.   

Teacher Profile

I have a history of teaching (see 3HO Legacy Teachers gallery) at numerous facilities and locations as a Kundalini Yoga and meditation teacher, counselor and chaplain, which include the Federal Prison in Littleton, CO; the Colorado State Prison at the Buena Vista facility; the Youth Detention Center, Brighton, CO; the Orange County Jail, Orlando, FL; the Florida State Prison, Bushnell, FL; the YWCA, Orlando, FL; Sikh Chaplain at the New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM; and several years as the Drill Instructor for the Select Rifle Drill Team at the 3HO Women's Training Camp, formerly Khalsa Women's Training Camp (KWTC), Espanola, NM, now International Women's Camp, IWC. See an inspiring account of one woman's Drill Team experience at the Khalsa Women's Training Camp.

See My Heritage. See My Childhood. See Share Your Stories About Race.

My Wife


Hari Kaur Bird

My Parentage

I have been blessed with the life experience of
colored eyes as well as white eyes. While most
folks see the issue of race through either white eyes
or colored eyes, I see the issue of race through both.
This matters greatly because my life experience affords me
a more cosmopolitan perspective on issues of diversity.


My sister, my father and me, 1949.


My sister and my mother, 1952.

My Heritage

"Mukhia Singh Sahib Hari Singh Bird Khalsa is an
American Indian by birth, a U.S. Marine by choice,
a Sikh by destiny." -- Sat Hanuman Singh Khalsa

"Question is, are we mature enough to sit down and
discuss issues of diversity, including religion and race?"

"Looking at the one and only Black Family native to
3HO/SDI after 48 years from my perspective as a person
of color
I have to ask, why are there so few Black families?"

"Colored eyes who remain silent enable white eyes to
remain culturally illiterate. It is incumbent on those who
know to teach those who do not know." -- Hari Singh Bird

Many of my associates are unaware of my Native American heritage.
I make it known in order to establish my experience with diversity issues.
Reflecting on my life experience as a person of color, a "half breed" looking
through colored eyes, I have a mostly eclectic and cosmopolitan perspective.

      

      
Mukhia Singh Sahib Hari Singh Bird Khalsa

My Childhood

My teacher, Yogi Bhajan, asked me to tell my story, so I will begin by saying I was blessed with a life experience, which taught me the meaning of these words. I was born of a mixed parentage, at home, in the late '30s. My younger sister and I were raised in a small 3-room house, which had no bathtub or shower, and no hot water heater. We were the only family I knew that had no hot running water. See 'Half Breed' Video.

         

My mother boiled water in a tea kettle and poured it into a galvanized tub in which she bathed us until we were old enough to bathe ourselves. We bathed once a week because it was a real challenge for the four of us to bathe more frequently. She boiled water in a tea kettle and used a wash board to wash our clothes until she acquired a wringer-type washer along with two rinse tubs in the late '40s. Our parents heated the house with a coal-burning stove until the late '40s when we acquired an oil-burning stove. We also used an ice box to keep food cold until the late '40s, early '50s.

   

I slept in the front room of our tiny but tidy 3-room house, my mother and sister slept in the middle room and my father slept in the kitchen. We acquired a black and white TV in the mid-'50s. We always walked to school. Our mother worked full-time at a meat packing plant to which she always walked.

My dad was a barber and served as an air raid warden for our neighborhood during World War II. I remember hearing the air raid sirens and seeing big search lights roaming the night sky during air raid drills. We had to turn off all the lights. I remember just about everything being rationed, sugar; salt; milk; bread; gasoline; etc. And we had to use tokens in order to make purchases. Life was good albeit challenging, just as it is to this day, by God's grace.

   

We lived next door to a store front where an elderly immigrant Syrian couple lived and operated an oriental rug store, and across the street from a carton factory. On the back side of the carton company was the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad that ran coal burning, steam powered, locomotives, which stopped frequently at a watering station just down the railroad tracks.

I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, with my parent's written permission, in my junior year at a Catholic high school from which I graduated before reporting for active duty. See ForThePeopleOfColor.com. See Forum Rules Notice. --

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