Where Are All The Black Atheists?

Tagged: Alix Jules / atheism / Jamila Bey / politics / Sikivu Hutchinson / We Are AAH

Blogger Andrew Sullivan introduces his readers to the We Are AAH campaign and to black atheists organizing, highlighting Jamila Bey's "I may as well be a unicorn" essay and Alix Jules's recent interview on NPR.

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Jamila Bey wonders:

In the US African-Americans have the highest rates of incarceration, highest infant mortality rates and traditionally have held the highest unemployment rates. Yet we outrank every other group where piety and religiosity are concerned. Unlike others who may say, “My ethnicity is X, and our religious tradition is Y, but I personally choose to not adhere to those beliefs”, when I declare my non-belief my group identity is impugned. I am asked if I believe myself to be “better than”, or merely told that I wish I were white.

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