Confessions of a black atheist

Tagged: atheism / diversity / Mandisa Thomas

Black Nonbelievers Inc. Founder and President and AAH advisor Mandisa Thomas writes in response to the CNN special on atheists in America, which largely ignored atheists of color. 

I am atheist -- and I am black.
Yes, we exist -- even if many in the media sometimes don't notice us. In a CNN special that aired on Tuesday, for example, people of color were not as well-represented as American atheism's more familiar face: You know, white males.
In fact, African-American atheists represent a still small -- though growing -- segment of American atheists at large. Does this mean that blacks and other minorities generally just don't gravitate towards nonbelief, or are there other factors which keep us hidden?
There is a harsh truth to face here.

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