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Category Archive: Race and Racism

Apr 15 2014

“They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people.”

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Ari Handel, co-screenwriter of the movie “Noah,” on why the cast was all-white: From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be …

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Apr 15 2014

Please Help Ed Brayton Fight a Lawsuit

It looks like Ed Brayton, of the Dispatches from the Culture Wars blog and co-founder of the Freethought Blogs network (and all-around great guy), is going to be sued by a white supremacist who doesn’t like it that Ed’s called him a white supremacist. Please help with his defense fund if you can. Even small …

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Sep 06 2013

On Being Disillusioned By Heroes… or, No, I Am Not Bloody Well Happy to Hear Horrible Things About the People I Admired

The other problem here is confirmation bias: the tendency to see only what we wanna see. -Brian Dalton, a.k.a. Mr. Deity, responding to reports of sexual harassment, assault and rape being made against prominent figures in the atheist/ skeptical community. Brian Dalton isn’t alone. In many discussions about reports of atheist/ skeptical leaders committing seriously …

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Aug 26 2013

Angry Atheists and Equality: Greta’s Podcast Interview with “Life, the Universe & Everything Else”

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Podcast time! When I was at the SkepTech conference earlier this year, I gave a podcast interview to Gem Newman of the “Life, the Universe & Everything Else” podcast, hosted by Winnipeg Skeptics. That interview is now up — along with the rest of a very interesting show. In the interview, we discuss angry atheism, …

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Aug 21 2013

Shorter JT

JT Eberhard has responded to Jen McCreight’s critique of his post on Bria Crutchfield’s critique of a commenter at a Q&A at the recent Great Lakes Atheist Convention. He took 8,208 words to do it in, though. Here’s my summary. Shorter JT: “I wasn’t saying that it’s always bad to express anger about racism. I …

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Aug 20 2013

When Firebrands Start Tone-Trolling

Like Greta Christina says, anger motivates us, but unchecked it can destroy us. – JT Eberhard, criticizing Bria Crutchfield for what he saw as her overly angry and harsh anti-racist commentary during Q&A at the recent Great Lakes Atheist Convention. A critique that assumed, among other things, that he is best able to decide when …

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Jul 15 2013

On Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman Verdict — and What “Freethought” Does Not Fracking Well Mean

Please note: This blog post has a different comment policy from my usual one. It appears at the end of the post. Other people have written about the details of the George Zimmerman case, and the verdict, more clearly and eloquently than I can. This piece does a pretty good job, as does this, as …

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Jun 27 2013

Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage… and Demand a New Voting Right Act

Yesterday was a happy, happy day. The Supreme Court struck two powerful blows for equality: forcing the Federal government to recognize same-sex marriages, and effectively overturning Prop 8 and alloweing same-sex marriage in California. Yay! But the day before yesterday was a fucking travesty. The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights …

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May 23 2013

American Terror: Excerpt From “Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels” by Sikivu Hutchinson

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The following is an excerpt from Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels, the new book by Sikivu Hutchinson. Available on Amazon and CreateSpace; coming soon on Kindle. ***** American Terror A little white boy, a cherub with an impish grin, earnestly clutches a microphone before a church congregation in a blurry video of the Apostolic …

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May 03 2013

Welcome Yemisi Ilesanmi to Freethought Blogs!

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We have a new blogger in the Freethought Blogs network — Yemisi Ilesanmi, blogging at YEMMYnisting! The tagline of her blog is “Proudly Feminist, Proudly Bisexual and Proudly Atheist.” — you can see why we brought her on, right? Here’s what she says about herself in her bio: Yemisi Ilesanmi is a Nigerian woman, resident …

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