Category Archives: Black History Month

Zimmerman: Trayvon’s death was “God’s plan” (Reposted from Godless in Detroit)

Last Saturday, the African American community was shocked and rocked by the jury verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.  Continue reading

CONGRATS TO TIM LACROIX & GENE BARFIELD, MI’s 1ST LEGAL SAME SEX MARRIAGE!!

The Odawa Indian Tribe of MI has gone where overall the state REFUSES to go…making same sex marriage-LEGAL!  The happy couple exchanged nuptials with each other yesterday…and it’s been a long time waiting! Continue reading

Atheists of Color-A List…

If you’ve been on the Atheist scene for at least a couple of years then you have probably heard of blogger/activist Greta Christina.  Adding to an already full plate, Greta Christina compiled a list called Atheists of Color-A list. Continue reading

Black Folk Don’t Do Atheism…oh really??

Recently, I was tagged on Facebook.  Included in the tag was a video that is bringin out  the black atheist community in full force.  It seems there’s a sample of African Americans who believe the stereotype ‘Atheism is for white people.’  In 2012, this knowledge or lack thereof is befuddling.  Don’t believe me? Well, why don’t you view it for yourself! This is definitely one of those ‘you have to see it in order to believe it’ type situations! Continue reading

Brandon White: Courage in the face of hate

By now most of you may have heard of Brandon White.   You know, the young man in Atlanta who was beaten by 3 men for being…himself.  And by that he was abused for wearing skinny jeans and being gay.  In viewing the video, it was difficult to watch in entirety.  So, the video was over the course of three days.  Shocking, disbelief, anger…words can’t describe the feelings as the crime played out on the monitor.

There was laughter as a person, a HUMAN BEING was ambushed and beaten.  Is this what we’ve come down to…living life as SAVAGES without remorse?  Imagine the clenched stomach as you watch the video helplessly, as a perpretator crosses the street and drops a TIRE atop of Brandon.

Really??

Brandon, 20, remained quiet about the incident-until he learned the goons posted the crime online…first viewed on WorldStarHipHop.com.  He decided he had nothing to be ashamed of and if the men were that bold to put the spectacle online, he’d be even bolder and come forward and speak about his harrowing ordeal.

Posting the act online was meant to be at Brandon’s expense, however, the video is now helping solve the crime!    At the time of this post, 18 year old Christopher Cain has been arrested-two other suspects have been identified.  Additionally, there is a reward of $10,000 being offered.  Have you ever been victimized because you’re different?  What happened? How do you feel about Brandon’s ordeal?

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African American for Humanism Campaign

Remember (only a couple of years ago), when finding an Atheist minority was like finding a needle in a haystack inside of a barn with a silver floor! My how times are a’changing!  Minority Atheist of MI (MAM)  was contacted by one of the hardest working Minority Atheists ever to grace the Earth, Debbie Goddard (pictured below) to affiliate with her organization, African Americans for Humanism, of course the answer was yes!!

According to African Americans for Humanism’s website:

African Americans for Humanism has launched a national multimedia advertising campaign showcasing religious skepticism in the African American community. Coinciding with Black History Month, the campaign features prominent African American humanists from history along with contemporary activists and organizers.

Ads began appearing January 30 and January 31 in New York City; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; Chicago; Atlanta; and Durham, North Carolina. On February 6, the campaign will be launched in Dallas. Advertisements will be placed on roadside billboards and in public transit sites. The Stiefel Freethought Foundation provided substantial creative and financial support for the campaign.

African Americans may be the most religious minority in the United States, but many feel that the churches don’t speak for them. AAH hopes that the campaign will bring attention to the presence of and increase in religious skepticism within the black community, encourage those who have doubts about religion to share their concerns and join other freethinkers in their local communities, and educate many about the history of black freethought.

All of the ads display the same message: “Doubts about religion? You’re one of many.” On the ads, images of writer-anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, poet-activist Langston Hughes, and social reformer-publisher Frederick Douglass are paired with contemporary freethinkers. Representing their respective hometowns are activists leading the way for African American nonbelievers, including Mark D. Hatcher of the Secular Students at Howard University… Jamila Bey of African Americans for Humanism–DC, Veronique Matthews of the Triangle Freethought Society, Leighann Lord of the Center for Inquiry–Harlem, Alix Jules of the Dallas–Ft. Worth Coalition of Reason, and Sikivu Hutchinson of Black Skeptics Los Angeles.

“African Americans who question religion often feel rejected by religious family and friends, and by the greater black community,” said Debbie Goddard, director of AAH. “But there is a rich heritage of religious skepticism and humanism in black history. By featuring the historical faces as well as the modern in our ad campaign, we show people that questioning religion is not new and that there are many of us here.”

Between 1990 and 2008, the number of Americans without any religious affiliation nearly doubled, from 8 percent to 15 percent, according to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS). Among African Americans the increase was also nearly double, from 6 percent to 11 percent.

Go to the We Are AAH campaign website for more information.

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It’s Black History Month!!

It’s February and you know what that means…it’s BLACK HISTORY MONTH!  We’re familiar with Madame CJ Walker, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman etc-but did you know escaped slave turned slavery abolitionist, orator Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was also a freethinker?

(Quotes from Frederick Douglass)

  • I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, the grossest of all libels. [Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself]
  • I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the South is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes– a justifier of the most appalling barbarity, a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds, and a dark shelter under which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection. Where I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard ….. being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me…I…hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land. [Frederick Douglass, "After the Escape"]
  • We have men sold to build churches, women sold to support the gospel, and babes sold to purchase Bibles for the poor heathen, all for the glory of God and the good of souls. The slave auctioneer’s bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the relgious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave trade go hand in hand. [Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself] – Taken from About.com:Agnosticism/Atheism  

Well said, Mr. Douglass, well said!

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