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Category Archive: Race and Racism

Feb 26 2013

Comedy Does Not Win a Free Pass: Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars

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I am sick to death of the idea that “it’s just comedy” somehow gives you a free pass when you’re saying things that are racist and sexist. And I am sick to death of the idea that any transgression of social norms — no matter what those norms are, or why they exist — automatically …

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Feb 11 2013

2013 Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers, Feb. 24: “Come Out and Join In”

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This is a guest post from the Day of Solidarity National Committee; Kimberly Veal, Chairperson. The percentage of black non-believers in the U.S. is small but increasing. Most have difficulty meeting other black non-believers or finding many who are involved in secular organizations. The internet has made many connections possible; however, the common feelings expressed …

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Jan 10 2013

Atheists of Color List Updated!

The Atheists of Color list has been updated! Thanks so much to everyone who posted suggestions for new inclusions, and provided updated information on the existing list. Quick update for those who aren’t familiar: A couple of years ago, I compiled a list of prominent atheists of color, and organizations of atheists of color, here …

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Jan 02 2013

Atheists of Color: Updating the List

Please note: This post has a different comment policy than my standard one. Please read the entire piece to the end before commenting. It’s not that long. A couple of years ago, I compiled a list of prominent atheists of color, and organizations of atheists of color, here on this blog. I did this for …

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Dec 11 2012

6 Inspiring Atheist Women and Atheists Of Color

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A version of this piece was originally published, under a different title, on AlterNet. Atheism is often seen as a white men’s club. But there have always been atheist women and atheists of color — and they can inspire anyone. Richard Dawkins. Christopher Hitchens. Sam Harris. Charles Darwin. Mark Twain. These are the names and …

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Sep 02 2012

7 Amazing Atheists Who Aren’t Old White Guys

You’ve heard of Richard Dawkins. Charles Darwin. Mark Twain. … There are some amazing atheists who just don’t get the same credit. Richard Dawkins. Christopher Hitchens. Sam Harris. Charles Darwin. Mark Twain. These are the names and faces many people associate with atheism. And apart from their atheism, they all have something in common: They’re …

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Aug 27 2012

Atheism Plus – The Site Is Here! Plus Some Updates

Some important updates on Atheism Plus! First of all, and very importantly: Atheism Plus is here! Which is to say: Atheism Plus is now more than just an idea. Atheism Plus is now a thing. Right now, that thing is a website: still under construction, but active — and with a forum happening right now! …

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Aug 21 2012

Why Atheism Plus Is Good for Atheism

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I’m going to lay this out there: I think Atheism Plus is good. And I don’t just mean “good” in the sense of “morally right.” I mean “good” as in “good for the health and future of atheism.” As most readers here know, Jen McCreight recently proposed a new wave of atheism — an “atheist …

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Aug 02 2012

Scientific Studies of Racism?

I’m fairly swamped today, so I want to crowd-source this: Can we get some links to scientific studies of racism? In my recent post, “Playing the Victim”: Oppression and a Catch-22, I pointed out a conundrum. I said that if people speak out about oppression and marginalization and bigotry, they get accused of “playing the …

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Jul 31 2012

“Playing the Victim”: Oppression and a Catch-22

“Seems you’re making a catch-22: if people talk about it, they’re trying to be victims, but if people don’t talk about it, it doesn’t happen.” In the recent comment thread here on Examples of Racism in Atheist/ Skeptical Communities?, ischemgeek made this comment. It was so perfect, and so succinct, that naturally I have to …

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