Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 27 2013

Rising economic inequality and the “racial entitlement” of the Voting Rights Act


By Frederick Sparks On the day the statue honoring civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol,  stark reminders  of persistent socio-economic disparities between blacks and whites remain.  And comments from a sitting Supreme Court justice show inexcusable blindness in high places. A Brandeis University study found that the gap in racial wealth …

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Feb 26 2013

Black Atheist characters revisited

by Frederick Sparks A few years ago I wrote a post overviewing the (limited) portrayals of black atheist characters in popular television and film. In it, I argued that more numerous portrayals of black nonbelieving characters (particularly in a positive light) would go a long way in normalizing the experience of black nonbelievers, in the same way …

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Feb 25 2013

Black Skeptics Los Angeles observe Day of Solidarity

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By Frederick Sparks Black Skeptics Los Angeles observed the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers with a visit to the California African-American Museum (CAAM) followed by lunch at a south Los Angeles restaurant. CAAM is located in Exposition Park, part of a complex of museums  (including the science museum that now houses the Space Shuttle …

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Feb 22 2013

South L.A. Scholar Karly Jeter: Busting STEM stereotypes

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Women’s Leadership Project (WLP) student and Gardena High School senior Karly Jeter recently won a prestigious Posse Foundation Scholarship to attend the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the fall as a pre-med student.  She is a cancer survivor, and her experiences have inspired her to be an oncologist.  Although she is passionate about science …

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Feb 20 2013

“We” Only Do “Diversity” When We Want to: Atheist Silence & the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-believers

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By Naima Washington 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 …

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Feb 14 2013

South L.A. Teacher Activists

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By Sikivu Hutchinson Melanie Andrews is the director of the internationally acclaimed Washington Prep High School theatre program in South Los Angeles.  A native of Compton, California, she received her MFA in theatre from the University of Southern California and has worked as a director in China, Germany, Canada, and Mexico, as well as at …

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Feb 06 2013

Secular Community Steps Up for South L.A. Scholars


“Perhaps adults believe if they just don’t talk about gender or racism, then they won’t exist in our lives. The truth is that we see the effects of racism and gender bias everyday on television, on the Internet, in the beliefs of teachers, friends, and ourselves.” –Ariana Mercado, 12th grade scholar, Gardena High School “As …

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