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Category Archive: African Americans

Dec 31 2013

Hollywood’s Tea Party

American hustle

By Sikivu Hutchinson Ah the splendor of black music.  What would white supremacist civilization do without it?  Homegrown, soulful, it is the forbidden spice in a thousand scenes of white folk romancing, cutting loose, getting it on and minding the empire’s business. Black dynamism has always been a wellspring for white theft.  For many people …

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Nov 11 2013

In Cold Blood: The Murder of Renisha McBride

Renisha McBride

By Sikivu Hutchinson A white family grieves in outrage after their teenage daughter has been gunned down by a black homeowner in an African American neighborhood. In this parallel universe the killer walks free, enjoying the benefit of being viewed as having defended his home from a violent intruder, while the big city D.A. decides whether or not to charge …

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Jul 10 2013

Creepy Crackers n’ Shucking Toms

uncle tom & little eva

By Sikivu Hutchinson Pity poor Uncle Tom.  When angry white male atheists start trotting him out as a cover for their racist circle jerk you know you’ve got a postmodern moment with a cherry on top.  Although it’s never stopped being open season on black folk in America the Beautiful, the Supreme Court’s gutting of …

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May 08 2013

Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels NOW AVAILABLE

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  Over the past several years, the Right has spun the fantasy of colorblind, post-racial, post-feminist American exceptionalism. This Orwellian narrative anchors the most blistering conservative assault on secularism, civil rights, and public education in the post-Vietnam War era. It is no accident that this assault has occurred in an era in which whites have …

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Apr 30 2013

Professional basketball player Jason Collins comes out

Jason-Collins

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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Nov 19 2012

Leaving Jesus: Women of Color Beyond Faith

Mandisa Thomas

By Sikivu Hutchinson The 24-hour prayer sessions are the true test of a warrior for Jesus.  They require Herculean stamina, the patience of Job, the rigor of elite marathon runners hitting the wall in a fiery sweat pit at high altitude, primed for God’s finish line. In many small storefront Pentecostal churches these “pray-a-thons” are …

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Jul 05 2012

Annual Pastors Conference: All White Christians Invited

By Frederick Sparks But oh no, it isn’t racist. The groups sponsoring the event, the Christian Identity Ministries, (whose website states: “Our true countenance is not one of hate, but one of love. Yes, we believe that the Europeans and their descendants are the chosen people of God. We believe this, not because we think that …

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May 25 2012

Return of the Welfare Queens: Feminism, Secularism, Anti-Racism

Cramped quarters

By Sikivu Hutchinson The percentage of white feminists who are concerned about racism is still a minority of the movement, and even within this minority those who are personally sensitive and completely serious about formulating an activist challenge to racism are fewer still.  Barbara Smith, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology In the American imagination, …

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May 25 2012

Shift in Black American opinion on gay marriage?

By Frederick Sparks After President Obama expressed personal support for marriage equality, pundits wasted no time pondering the effects on the upcoming presidential election, including whether or not the president’s “evolved” position would alienate African-Americans, the President’s most loyal voting bloc. And indeed there has been negative reaction from the black clergy.   Maryland based anti-gay preacher Harry Jackson …

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Dec 10 2011

2011: Year of the Black Atheists

By Frederick Sparks OK, the title may be a tad hyperbolic, but in 2011, we have seen increased media coverage of black nonbelievers. Sikivu Hutchinson’s must-read Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics and the Values War was published in February, garnering rave reviews and enhancing the demand for the author as a speaker on the …

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