When Challenging Racism, Humanists Need to Step Up
Roy Speckhardt of the American Humanist Association writes for The Huffington Post about the need for humanists to do their part in fighting institutional racism, and quotes Black Nonbelievers Inc. Founder and President Mandisa Thomas.
The events of recent months exposed racial division and conflict in this nation. The unnecessary deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, unarmed black men killed by white police officers, served as a catalyst for protests against long-simmering institutional racism. This also was brought to the fore as conservative officials across the country made disparaging racial remarks about our first black President, a top news item that led many to question what exactly is being done to counter racism.
Some religious institutions and individuals are among those stirring the pot of prejudice, and other religious groups worked towards racial reconciliation. But while some challenged or promoted racism, the nonreligious community remained largely behind the scenes, seemingly content to allow individuals to speak their mind about the issue rather than organizing officially to do something about it.