Being a Black Atheist: Stacking the Minority Chips Part 1

Even without chains, minorities are still slaves to christianity

Chatting with a fellow atheist the other day, I had a conversation I had had too many times about too many subjects.   It is still amazing that, in this day, so many people believe that growing up as a minority is similar to growing up as a caucasian.

Sadly, it couldn’t be further from the truth, especially when reflecting on the subject of religion.

In the black culture, christianity is thrust on you at an early age.  You are christened before you roll the alphabet off your tongue.  You are taught prayers before you learn your address.  You are brainwashed from the beginning to call out for “jesus” or “good lord” before you know how to dial 911.  Hypocrisy becomes ingrained.  You can smoke, drink, dance and commit any sin from Monday through Saturday,  so long as you go to church on Sunday.

Since being brought into the Americas, African-Americans have had the foundation of their culture layed with christianity.   You can simply listen to the radio, and here rap songs that talk about gangrapiing a woman and in later lyrics mention praying to god.  We are taught not to think for ourselves.  Instead, brainpower is encouraged to be diverted to reading your kids bible pamphlets, cute stories that are written like the same fantasy stories kids read in school.

As a child, you are taught that race determines what you like.  Anything that is not what you are taught is considered “not black” and not accepted.  In most cases, when it comes to “nonchristian”, it is considered not black and evil. Worldy is the word they use.  No child wants to wear the scarlet letter of unacceptance and being demonized.  You start to fear being called the word “worldly”.  Preachers and bishops determined what is worldly with what seems like the logic of a coinflip.  Violent cartoons were okay. Dungeons and Dragons was the devil.  Any belief other than the holy trinity was evil and not worth learning.  Womanizing politicians were okay so long as they were christian.

So the end result is culture of zombies, too indoctrinated from generations of brainwashing to decide their own life. The best brainwashing is the kind where the subjects no longer need to be brainwashed, but are trained to brainwash the future members.

Pavlov would be proud of the end result.

4 comments

  1. I’m a black atheist, but I was raised southern baptist and baptized non-denominational. I think the worst part of indoctrination in the african american culture is the amount of fear that they use to keep you locked in the christian mindset. Even after I came out, my mother was upset because she didn’t want me to go to hell. While I understand she cares about me, its this very kind of thinking that is detrimental to the growth of our culture. We will never be truly free as a people until we are free to think without religion reigning over our lives, actions, etc.

    1. Chantal, it’s not until we become free from religion and it entails do we see just how bound our loved ones are. I see it in my own family…they can’t understand how I could be an Atheist, but it’s heartbreaking for ME to see them sooo bound in fear! Evidence and proof aside-the fact that they literally fear for my soul is frightening and heart wrenching. A woman at my workplace broke into tears and sincerely believes I’m being used as a tool of satan-I was brought to tears because she REALLY believes it.

      One word you said that gave me chills: DETRIMENTAL. These fears are detrimental to us as a society but the effects this have upon individuals…shocking. I won’t go into the detriment caused by Jehovah’s Witnesses towards those who can no longer stomach what’s been shoved down their throats.

    2. The fear is something that is the hardest to overcome. Underlining it, it is not just the fear of hell but the fear of nonexistance. I was talking with a young black lady a few days ago, and she asked me about my atheism. Her questions when around in circles, she kept asking the same thing, as she could not grasp the idea that there is no heaven or hell. She’d ask, where do you go when u die, i responded where I came from. When I told her how at peace I was with this concept, and this brings me peace in accepting death, she was mortified.

      The mere idea that we have to “come out” should be absurd, but in the black community that is what it feels like. I feel like I”ve come out to my parents a billion times over since 13, but my mother refuses to acknowledge the reality.

      1. Once i said out loud, I’m an Atheist, and the ground didn’t open and swallow me lol while I had some fear-I wasn’t paralyzed by it. I was traumatized by people whom I THOUGHT were my friends and the swiftness in which they abandoned me lol So…while there is ambivalence when meeting new people…I will NOT shy away from who I am as an Atheist.

        I accept that I will not always be accepted, esp in the black community. That’s fine, because I ACCEPT MYSELF 100% :)

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