"Why is it important that secular people of color teach, write and publish book length scholarship, analyses, narratives and fiction on our social history?"
"So you’re a new atheist, and you’re Black? Welcome! My name is Alix and I too, am a Black atheist. You’re not alone. In fact, we’re growing at a staggering pace, though you’re not necessarily seeing it in the polls yet. The latest surveys show America shedding religion by the millions..."
Here are some sound suggestions that discuss ways the secular community can make real, substantive adjustments to be more inclusionary.
Sincere Kirabo discusses importance of events like the upcoming Secular Social Justice Conference, speaks to some of the limitations of organized atheism, and why we should broaden our views of what is and isn't secular matters.
November 4th, 2008, Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech. He, a Black man, had officially been elected as the President of the United States. This momentous moment in time marked what some referred as the dawn of “post-racial America”, an alleged era in which this nation confirms it’s healed and transcends the buffoonery of distant and recent past stemming from racial discord and inequality.
David Niose interviews AAH advisor Sikivu Hutchinson about the relationship between secular and social justice activism and the lack of diversity among secular groups.
"It is a sad fact that people of color, particularly African American nonbelievers, are alienated within the secular community. Among the ‘faith’ communities, even those with the most racist and sexist doctrines, continue to do whatever it takes (and make no apologies) as they aggressively recruit and make space in their communities for people of color."
"In my book, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, I argued that the literature on secularism and gender does not capture the experiences of women of color negotiating racism, sexism, and poverty in historically religious communities. The relative dearth of secular humanist and freethought traditions amongst women of color cannot be separated from the broader context of white supremacy, gender politics, and racial segregation."
Recently the blog “Considered Exclamations” featured a post by AH Tripp challenging the selective endorsement of the “Next Generation of atheist activists.” This “crop of next wave leaders” is virtually all-white and lauded for tackling perennial secular and atheist issues such as questioning prayer in school. Tripp wondered why the social justice work of secular activists like Sikivu Hutchinson, founder of the Women’s Leadership Project (WLP) and Black Skeptics Los Angeles, are under-recognized by the media and secular/ atheist communities. He challenged white atheist groups like the Freedom from Religion Foundation to get out of their bubbles and see how communities of color approach secularism.
"That would be the perfect present," my Mama said as she hugged me goodbye after a visit. The present in question would be attending church with her and the rest of the family for Mother's Day. I looked at her and my Dad as they stood in the doorway and didn't say anything, only nodding and flashing a nervous, noncommittal smile as I walked to my car. As I drove off, I wasn't sure if warming a pew the next Sunday would be an act of selflessness, stupidity, or suicide.
God did it! We often hear this phrase, or its other variations—"To God be the glory," "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,"—uttered for different life events, like whenever a new job has been secured, a promotion earned, an ailing friend or family member regains their health, or a new home or car is purchased.
The Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers (DoS) was celebrated with a gathering by the CFI–Harlem Monthly Discussion Group (also called the Harlem Humanists). With almost 40 people in attendance, we were very pleased to see a lot of new faces. Many were attracted by the We Are AAH ad campaign that went up in bus shelters and subway stations around New York City during Black History Month.
Preliminary observations from this weekend’s virtually all-white Moving Secularism Forward conference: 1. We are all Africans—so don’t you (people) know that race is just a social construct
An Open Letter to Members of the Secular Community re: the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers
I'd like to begin by thanking everyone who supported the second annual National Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers and particularly the Day of Solidarity co-sponsors: Black Skeptics of Los Angeles, led by Sikivu Hutchinson; Black Non-Believers, Inc., led by Mandisa Thomas; Black Non-believers of Chicago, led by Kimberly Veal; African Americans for Humanism, led by Debbie Goddard; and Black Atheists of America, led by Ayanna Watson.
One morning a few weeks ago, I woke up feeling down. Well, maybe "down" isn't the right word. I'd say I woke up feeling kind of blah. You know that feeling where you're not deeply depressed, but not your head's not in the clouds either. As I dropped my boyfriend off at work, just the thought of going through my daily routine—working, working out, blogging, etc.—made me want to pull the covers over my head and take a 12-hour nap.
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