Yes, someone asked that very question. My answer is yes. There’s no club – just a descriptive label for other people to understand your nonreligious stance. Nothing more, nothing less. To feel as if one has to be accepted into the black atheist community based on a set of standards and mindsets leaves me to believe that there’s a lot of miseducation afoot.
Atheism is a simple concept: You lack a deity. That’s it. It’s kind of different for black people because of how they believe they became religious. I mentioned this before, but not a lot of people know this: White people didn’t shove Christianity down your ancestor’s throats. Christianity is – excuse my language – is really fucking old. It’s always been there. A lot of black atheists use that as the “nail in the coffin” to their arguments. Yes, it doesn’t make it right because white people did in fact, use it to keep us enslaved. They’re wrong, but let’s be right about that wrong, okay? Okay. Moving on…
“Is it possible to be accepted as a black atheist without being anti-white?”
I’m still hung up on the ‘accepted’ part of the question. It looks and feels out of place. You’re not joining a cult, you’re reverting back to what you were before you – if you were – indoctrinated. You live your life minus a deity. I think that is as simple as I can say it.
I’m a black atheist, but I’m not anti-white. They’re not mutually exclusive nor should they be. Calling white people the ‘white devil’ is cute in theory, but it’s not realistic. I’m talking more towards the hoteps now because y’all are ridiculous and need to get over yourselves. What I’m getting at is you don’t have to be anti-white to be a black atheist. That’s totally unnecessary. It’s like trying to find a reason to be prejudice when there’s no need. There’s never a need. You can be pro-black and not be anti-white.
Some would argue: “Well, what would it hurt being anti-white? What power do we have being anti-white? Why would they care?” These are all the wrong questions. The questions that should be asked are: Who told you that black atheism came with being prejudice, too? Why would you want to be anti-white? What exactly does that solve?
You don’t have to be anti-white to be a black atheist and being a black atheist doesn’t mean being anti-white. There’s no acceptance committee, no cult, no judges, or jury.
Just you. Free from religion.