Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 30 2013

#solidarityisforwhitewomen? Calling on atheist orgs to Support Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander

By Sikivu Hutchinson What happens when an African American female intimate partner violence victim attempts to defend herself after years of domestic terror?  She gets slapped with a mandatory minimum 20 years in prison for aggravated assault.  Such was the case for Marissa Alexander, a 32 year-old Florida mother of three with no prior criminal …

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Aug 28 2013

Freethought Giant A. Philip Randolph and the March on Washington

By Sikivu Hutchinson As the nation commemorates the 1963 March on Washington, many are unaware of the towering role played by freethought pioneer A. Philip Randolph.  Randolph founded the March on Washington movement during World War II as a challenge to wartime employment discrimination and the segregation of African American troops.  As founder of the …

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Aug 22 2013

White Boyz With Problems

By Sikivu Hutchinson Back in the day, an all-female rap group called Bytches with Problems (BWP) enjoyed their fourteen-and-a-half minutes of fame on the hip hop scene.  The group’s strategically misspelled name was interpreted by some as an ironic nod to the L.A. gangsta rap group NWA as well as a feeble attempt at “reclaiming” …

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Aug 20 2013

JT Eberhard lectures Black Woman on How to Respond to Naively Racist Questions

By Frederick Sparks I was just about to write something on this when I saw that Jen McCreight said pretty much everything I was going to say, to a word, so read her post.  I will emphasize that , speaking of naiveté, the assertion that anyone who attends an atheist conference is an “ally” to …

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Aug 12 2013

New Wave of Secular Leadership? Be Cautious

Donald Wright, author

By Donald Wright Sunday morning is approaching and churches will be occupied and active, not like the emptiness on the other days of the week. The congregants are excited in preparation to hear the message from the pastor. When I was attending a mega-church here in Houston a few years ago it was not uncommon …

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Aug 09 2013



By Sikivu Hutchinson A few nights ago around 11:00 p.m., virtually everyone in the state of California was rudely jolted into consciousness by a shrill cell phone blasted Amber alert about the abduction of a teenage white girl by a 40 year-old male.  Privileged victim Hannah Anderson (who the media obsessively tell us is blond …

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Aug 08 2013

Predators Beyond Belief

By Sikivu Hutchinson Oh to be middle-aged, male, skeptic and white — master of the rational universe.  The ad nauseum propagandistic bullshit that atheist/secularis/freethought circles are magically exempt from institutional racism, sexism and heterosexism continues to be blown to bits by allegations of pervasive sexual harassment, assault and workplace discrimination from women in the field.  …

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Aug 06 2013

Blackout Secular Rally Draws Non-Believers of Color Nationwide

Mandisa and Marissa

  By Mandisa L. Thomas On July 27th, 2013, Black Atheists of America and Black Nonbelievers, Inc. presented the first ever Blackout Secular Rally in New York City. The event was a celebration of diversity in the freethought community, and the growing number of openly identified nontheists of color. Speaker and performers for the Blackout …

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