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Date registered: November 3, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Resisting the white washing of Mandela — December 7, 2013
  2. Why I’m not a fan of “Jesus shaming” the Republicans — September 25, 2013
  3. JT Eberhard lectures Black Woman on How to Respond to Naively Racist Questions — August 20, 2013
  4. The Politics of Respectability, System Justification and those sagging pants — July 29, 2013
  5. Disparate rulings and intersectionality — June 26, 2013

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  1. Be Scofield, Greta Christina, and New Atheist racism — 65 comments
  2. Trekkie-in-Chief:Obama and Uhura — 31 comments
  3. Why I’m not a fan of “Jesus shaming” the Republicans — 27 comments
  4. Aurora, Colorado: Tragedy, Wingnuttery, and a possible racial angle? — 26 comments
  5. The NRA, the KKK, and the 2nd Amendment’s Black History — 24 comments

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Dec 07 2013

Resisting the white washing of Mandela

young Mandela

by Frederick Sparks As with Martin Luther King, Jr., we see in the remembrances and tributes to Nelson Mandela a certain oversimplification, appropriation, and white washing of not only the complexity of his political history but of his comprehensive social justice philosophy. Former senator and failed Republican presidential candidate compared his party’s fight against Obamacare to …

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Sep 25 2013

Why I’m not a fan of “Jesus shaming” the Republicans

by Frederick Sparks In the wake of Republicans in the House of Representatives voting to cut the food stamp program by $39 billion, I’ve seen a lot of memes attempting to point out the hypocrisy of Republicans, who so explicitly embrace Christian religiosity on the campaign trial, yet seem at odds with the liberal socialist …

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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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Jul 29 2013

The Politics of Respectability, System Justification and those sagging pants

by Frederick Sparks Ever since the Zimmerman verdict was announced, there has been a steady stream of black talking heads vying for the Bill Cosby Call Black People Out on Their Shit award. These sociopolitical observers embrace their task of exhortation to remind black people that we are indeed responsible for not only the verdict, …

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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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May 30 2013

Alton Lemon, civil rights and church/state separation activist, passes away.

Alton Lemon

By Frederick Sparks Alton T. Lemon, a civil rights activist who lent his name to a landmark Supreme Court case, died on May 4, 2013 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. He was 84 Mr Lemon, who held a degree in mathematics from Morehouse and was friendly with fellow Morehouse alum Martin Luther King, Jr., was the lead …

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Apr 30 2013

Professional basketball player Jason Collins comes out


by Frederick Sparks “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” In case you hadn’t heard, NBA journeyman center Jason Collins has declared to the world that he is a gay man.   Collins entered the NBA twelve years ago, along with his twin Jarron, after the two played collegiate basketball at Stanford.  He …

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Apr 01 2013

Ray Comfort thought that ‘bibliophile’ meant what?

ray comfort

…a cross between pedophile and Bible.   Yup, this is the man who will topple a well evidenced scientific theory that happens to cornerstone of modern biology.

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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