First, let me say black atheists are few and far in between. Being a black atheist can be lonely – it can become lonely as people you thought understood your point of view slowly but surely put an invisible barrier up and start pretending you don’t exist. Being Black and atheist is something only other being black atheists would understand – in certain aspects and situations in life.
I am the owner of this blog and the Facebook page and it’s been 3 years since I started the blog and I started the page 2 years after. When starting a blog like this, it brings along a lot of attention. It’s nothing that I cannot handle but there’s one thing that I must address. I am not segregating my race – or atheism. I’ve been asked: “Why are you segregating a race and atheism?” or “What is ‘Black Atheists'” or “Why you name it ‘Black Atheists’ OR! “Why you so racist?!” 50 or so times on the Facebook page and not even once on the blog itself. I have addressed this question before but it’s not doing any justice if it’s being drowned by the many posts on the Facebook page. First, let me say that if you haven’t been paying too much attention to African American history and slavery, then I can see why you’d ask such a question, but even STILL it shouldn’t take much to put together; unless you slept through all of your history classes. It’s because you’re either oblivious, ignorant, naive, or from a different country and even being from a different country isn’t much of an excuse. Whatever the case may be, anyone who asks any of those questions will be directed here. Get pissy if you want, but I’m tired of the large amounts of broken records I have to deal with on a weekly basis.
No way am I being racists or dividing atheism. I’m not segregating atheism. You saying “Haven’t we been through enough?” Is a fucking cop-out. Saying “We need to be color-blind to people’s skin color” is fucking idiotic. There’s absolutely nothing wrong acknowledging someone’s skin color; doing that doesn’t make you racist.
Those who’ve asked those tired ass questions should try to understand what I mean by Black Atheists. Black Atheists means that there are not that many of us; if it is, they’re not coming out about it. It’s so rare to find another Black atheist that some people feel alone; I know I did. Even though as a whole, atheists are minority, it’s even more so clear among the African American community.
Being a Christian in a Black family of Baptists may not be any more different from a white family but I believe that Blacks have more to lose. I’ve lost friends to coming out about their atheism. They came out to their family, their family went to church and told the congregation, the congregation then told everyone else, and then that person end up being killed, banished, or they could no longer associate themselves with me.
My brother came out to our family about his atheism and they gasped in terror and then told him that he needs to read the bible more. Told him, that if he doesn’t change his mind, that he’ll be doomed to a life of anguish and misfortunes. My brother has since then contemplated suicide, and alienated himself from the few friends he had. They didn’t understand, either. Black Atheists means that those who are able to, those who are strong enough to be, to accept themselves who they are, will know that they are not alone. There are more of us than first realized. Every so often I come across someone saying, “I thought I was the only one, I’ve felt so alone and none of my friends of family understand! They just tell me to go read the bible”. Black Atheists is around for that reason.
This page may say Black Atheists, but I’m not discriminatory towards anyone who wants to join or take part. Go on the page and ask! Hell, just go on there and LOOK! Don’t come at me with your half-ass arguments with no facts – just judgment and expect me to be nice to you. This blog, the Facebook page exists to help those who need empowerment. To see it as anything other than that just tells me how small-minded a person can be. If you see me segregating any goddamned thing, it’s the dark clothes from the white clothes. So instead of going solely off the name and “we are minority within a minority” why don’t you look at the dynamics on the page? Why not get to know the page; the blog before opening your closed-mind to say something stupid? Get some facts and proof to go on – screenshots at least – of me segregating atheism instead of just looking at the title of the page and losing your shit. When you have that, then you can address me, but only if. Otherwise, you can sit down and shut up. In the meantime you can go to the actual Black Atheist GROUPS that solely add black people only – go bitch at them. Just leave me alone!
We’ll never get past segregating one another if this continues!
All I have to say is it’s been here for a long time and as long as there are humans on this earth, history books in the schools, or someone who only see things in black and white, there will be segregation.
Let’s just put it this way, BET (Black Entertainment Television), NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), TheRoot.com, and the like; why do you think they exist? Just think about it and when you come up with an answer, leave a comment.
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