Believers should be willing to place atheist critique of religion in a broader context. People of color have a long history of being disenfranchised by racist/white supremacist traditions of morality. Because of these traditions, non-believers of color are doubly stigmatized due to white nationalist Christian cultural biases. Ever since he’s been in office, President Obama has worked overtime to establish his ‘cred’ as a good upstanding Christian and still been vilified as a pinko terrorist spear-chucking infidel. Because of these racist, imperialist traditions white non-believers in ‘Christian’ America are considered to be human, moral citizens whereas black Christians are demonized and criminalized as the ultimate pathological racial violent Other. So it doesn’t matter how ‘churched’ and ‘prayed up’ black folk are—within the context of the dominant culture you’re still just a ‘nigger’ with a white man’s Bible (to paraphrase feminist Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen). On the other hand, some atheists come at religion with a totally ignorant, ahistorical, Eurocentric, reactionary posture which alienates communities of color and other folk who might potentially be interested in humanism, secularism, freethought, etc. The challenge for progressive non-believers will be creating secular and Humanist spaces that provide real community-based alternatives to organized religion.
Sardines just don’t look as good as they taste. #lunch #home #sardines
Thinking about @HaemaSundram over my coffee and pastry at the coffee shop in DuPont. #morning
Coffee gets poured as one sits down at the Long Beach Cafe. #service #socal
Tea with my grandmother and Connie.
Breakfast in the dark. #cookies #home #breakfast
Fancy cocktails with the neighbors across the tracks. #home #friends
Already for the movies with my “purse”
Late coffee in my new cup from @zoractucker with ducks and bonus gay agenda rainbow. #oldfriends