Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 26 2013

Disparate rulings and intersectionality

by Frederick Sparks After gutting the preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act, sending the Texas Affirmative Action case back to the lower court with instructions that almost surely guarantee a ruling against the University of Texas’ diversity admissions program, and raising the bar for demonstrating workplace discrimination, today the Supreme Court ruled that the …

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Jun 25 2013

LGBT Foster Care Crisis: Who Will Step Up?

By Sikivu Hutchinson In Godless Americana I address the epidemic of foster care and homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth of color.  African American youth in L.A. County comprise over 30% of foster care youth (and around 26% nationally) and 50% of homeless youth. Nearly 30% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.  LGBTQ youth overall are imperiled by homophobia, transphobia, …

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Jun 19 2013

Race, American Atheists and “The Movement”

By Sikivu Hutchinson Skeptic Ink News is reporting that former American Atheists’ development director AJ Johnson is suing AA for racial discrimination and wrongful termination. “The suit alleges that [A.J.] Johnson was ‘forced to listen to various racial jokes and was subjected to unprovoked, unwarranted, vicious and persistent verbal attacks on everything, including her competence.” It …

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Jun 18 2013

Congratulations First in the Family Humanist Scholars!!

Earlier this year, Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA) spearheaded its First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative, which focuses on providing resources to undocumented, foster care, homeless and LGBTQ youth who will be the first in their families to go to college.  Responding directly to the school-to-prison pipeline crisis in communities of color, BSLA is the first atheist …

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Jun 16 2013

Godless Americana & Communities of Color

Sikivu w/Black Skeptics L.A. @ CFI-L.A.

By Dr. Kamela Heyward-Rotimi, Osun State University, Nigeria Sikivu Hutchinson’s Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels is a pointed and necessary resource for both public and academic discourses to better understand the experience of secular people of color forging visibility in the battle for social justice.  Secular activists of color are rendered invisible and improbable within …

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Jun 10 2013

Zimmerman Trial & Our Racist Fans

Today is the beginning of the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida last year. Martin’s killing elicited a firestorm over whether race and racism were still alive and well in the U.S. While some whites in Sanford and beyond “wonder” why this “clear” case of “Stand …

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