Laquan McDonald

The Daily Beast, you thought making a .gif of a Black Man’s death was okay?

You’re disgusting. This is disgusting and you should be ashamed. Question: Where’s the .gifs from Paris? Why can’t we get the same fucking respect? Not just you, everyone who does this nonsense with black deaths.

You made a .gif of a black man getting shot 16 times and you thought that was okay, that it was tasteful? That’s how much Black lives matter to you?

The outrage I have for the stunt you’re pulling is steadily rising. You don’t even have the common fucking decency to take the post down, to remove the .gif at least; after so much backlash. I guess all that matters is how many people you can get to click on your deplorable post. I’m in no way helping with that, but a point needs to be made here.

I can’t feel fine about a “news” outlet that creates .gifs of someone being murdered. Black death is not and should not be entertainment. Black pain is not a fucking cartoon. There’s no excuse, there’s no way to defend your stance, either. It’s kind of hard because it’s inconsiderate, hurtful, disgusting, and unprofessional. I don’t even think TMZ would have done that shit and they’re at the bottom of the barrel.

You said you were taking the .gif down and it’s still there. I know this because I checked. Just when I thought the internet couldn’t stoop any lower, The Daily Beast proves me wrong.

Update: Finally! THANK YOU FOR TAKING IT DOWN. You’re still deplorable.


I’m Not Morally Equipped to Make White People Comfortable

I’ve opened and have welcomed all types of atheists and secularists on the Black Atheists Facebook page and this blog, but let me be crystal clear: This page is dedicated to black people. This is a safe place for everyone, but I need to be for my people. Just because I let you in and build friendships with you all doesn’t mean I’m going to kiss anyone’s ass. I’m not. I’m not sorry.

With that being said: I post a lot of controversial content and I speak my mind because:


The world spends a lot of time caring about what white people think. Sorry, I can’t, and I won’t. If their feelings matter then so do ours.

That goes as far as pointing out racism, discussing white feminism and how it’s only for white people, the issue with white people thinking being pro-black is anti-white, noting that the world doesn’t revolve around them; I also kindly remind them about cultural appropriation, too. Nothing is off limits when I can’t take my son to his preschool without being racially profiled. I can’t walk into a Walgreens parking lot without a white woman clasping her purse and holding onto her child while making sure her car is locked when she sees me.


So, since I inadvertently make them uncomfortable with my blackness I mind as well give them a reason. So when I post black issues, I do it i knowwithout any remorse. Black issues can’t be argued since it’s 2015 and we’re far more likely to be killed by a white terrorist now than we did when my 80-year-old grandmother was a child. I’m not mincing my words, and I won’t pander. Facts are facts and if white people can’t handle that, tell me something that’s new.

The issue I have when white people throw tantrums in the face of facts is this: They don’t have to live with the stigmas that society portrayed on them because they’re laughable. They can throw their stats and numbers back at us, about us, but they can’t seem to do the same thing to themselves. The finger is always pointed at us. So when we have to do the finger pointing they see it as a threat and maybe even as a challenge. That’s fine, but facts don’t stop being facts because they’re mad.

So don’t expect me to feel bad for white people any time soon. Their problems are definitely, in every sense of the word, “first-world”.


Why Being “Pro-white” is Absolutely Ridiculous

I posted this image to BA:

being pro black in america

Not accounting for the trollops that do believe being pro-black is being anti-white. Let’s not get it confused, here.

And in came the flurry of racists and bigots. The main ones were white men. They called the post racist, hypocritical and illogical. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. They mentioned a lot about them being “pro-white” because of black people being “pro-black”. They then had to tell me what they see in the black community. No, that is not what you see, what you see is what the television ALLOWS you to see, what the news outlets ALLOW you to see. You don’t go looking for positive black empowerment because why would you when the opposite is so easily available and at your disposal to use in an online flame wars with black people? Why is it when it is something positive about black people, white people have a problem? What are you so fucking afraid of?

The world we live is the world where lives matters according to their race, color, faith, money, looks, and development.

There have been tragedies happening all over Black America and not one single moment of silence, not a single light was cut off, but as soon as Paris is attacked we have to pray for them? SNL does a PSA? Let’s not point out the black people who died in Paris, okay? I know it wasn’t just white people who died. Anyone who just open fire in a theater is bound to shoot anyone and everyone, bullets don’t discriminate and neither do terrorists. While we’re on Paris, there’s something people should read before they start defending them. Now that we got that out the way, let’s go ahead and get the stick out of your sandy vagina and move the fuck on.

When things like this are milestones, don’t talk to me about “pro-white”. Boko Haram killed 2000 people in one week, in January of this year. The kill count hasn’t stopped since then. They’re doing that and abducting people as sex slaves. Silence. So don’t talk to me about “pro-white”. 147 Kenyans killed at university, by al-Shabab, in April this year. Crickets. These aren’t the only incidents happening in Africa, there are more. You can hear a cat piss on cotton the media coverage for this area is so quiet. So who, in your right mind, should care? Because it damn sure ain’t white, Asian, Hispanic, or Indian people. Again, keep the “pro-white” nonsense at a distance. The terror threat is much bigger in Africa than it is in Europe, but guess who’s getting all the media coverage? Again, don’t talk to me about “pro-white”.

We are slowly coming to the realization that we need to be lifting each other up, not tearing each other apart.

No, I’m not going to just throw facts aside because another terrorist attack happened. Facts don’t stop being facts because someone died a tragic death. Will the world – has the world stopped as profound and as strongly for Paris, for Black people? No. I’m sorry what happened to them happened to them, but we can’t even get BET to air The Million Man March. That’s to be expected since BET is owned by a white man. No, I am not changing the color of my Facebook to of Paris or any other place. I can show my solidarity without standing on a soapbox, preaching to people, mad that they’re speaking facts. I don’t have to belittle like other people have to. Changing my picture through a generator to add colors isn’t going to change anything. It hasn’t. If you’re so hell-bent on being angry at people who have valid reservations about humanity only being human to white people, tell them to their faces. Call them out, don’t make passive-aggressive ass statuses on Facebook crying. What does that solve? How many keystrokes did you just waste? Your opinion and your angst are just a drop in a fucking bucket. Especially those black people who have disdain for outspoken black people, you’re all about being humanist and preachy about letting a tragedy be just that, but you want to passive-aggressively have a Facebook pitch-fork party for anyone who you don’t agree with. There’s enough shit going on without you adding your 2 cents about you being in your emotions.

Moving on…

Pro-Black stems from the pride of having black heritage, being black, not being scared of white people and their ways of trying to downplay black-ism. Pro-white nationalism comes from the pride of having no other heritage but white, the end. Question: The KKK is “pro-white”, and you want to affiliate yourself with them? Okay, you can’t talk or get mad about black people being about and for themselves. You can’t call yourself my ally. You’re just a racist with a different title. How can a majority have anything to say about black people being “pro-black”?  Define your meaning of “pro-black” and “pro-white”, what does it entail? Being pro-black is NOT anti-white. There is no vice-versa, black people can say things about another race all they want; until they’re blue in the face. All a white person can say to that is: “I’m still white, you’re still a nigger, I own you” and flitter off. I can’t think of one thing a black person is a part of in this country that a white person didn’t have a part in or own, as well; not off the top of my head, anyway.


I’m so tired of white people telling black people what they can and cannot do or say, as far as racism goes. When you understand how racism works, you won’t be able to use that in your argument anymore. If I called a white person a “cracker” or a “honky” right now and they followed up with their usual, “Jungle bunny”, “porch monkey”, or “nigger” rebuttal, which one do you think will have more power, them calling me a nigger or me calling them a cracker? Their racial slurs have backing, history, power. Ours are in spite of those facts. They have little to no value, no power, no meaning, no reasoning. It’s laughable.

Black Lives Matter

All of a sudden ‘All lives matter’ or ‘Blue lives matter’ because now we believe we matter. Which we in fact do. Any white person who knows their history from just the past 50 years would know that it’s justified. Our pain and frustrations are justified. It’s 2015 and we are still having this discussion. We still have to fight for our rights. We have to fight to live. We have to fight every day, survive every fucking day. It’s 2015 and black kids can’t go to school without racial discrimination.

The only time white people bring up BLM is when they’re saying they’re the cause for a 9-year-old to be led into an alley to be shot and killed. This is usually after they have to post their numbers and stats about “black on black” crime. Not realizing that it’s steadily on the decline and has been for the past 50 years, but they don’t want to hear that. BLM when it fits their biased agenda. BLM when tragedies like Paris happen and what I mean by that:

real oppression

White Privilege

Ah yes, that again. Get over it. Anyway…

Many working-class people do believe in white privilege. There is no such thing as “reverse racism” because one cannot be racist against whites in a white supremacist system – racism requires racial privilege, but more on that later. Here’s something white people should read: ‘When Affirmative Action Was White‘.

We’ve had it pounded into us that dark skin is ugly, dirty, evil. We’ve been told that our nappy hair is ugly and that we should straighten it. I equate black pride with encouraging girls to study STEM. Whites don’t need pride because there isn’t a constant barrage of messages, covert and overt, indicating that there is something wrong, or inferior, with being white. We have black people bleaching their skin all across Africa because of European ideals and how there’s nothing but white people being thrown in your face on television and advertisements. They define what beauty is. They define EVERYTHING! No one should be made to feel that the vessel they walk around in is inferior, or subject to someone else’s will, or has to conform to some societal norm.

We have to put up or shut up. We have to suck it up. We have to build all the bridges to get over shit, but not them. Slavery wasn’t that long ago, but we have to get over that while we’re forced to not forget 9/11. We have to watch the world cry and make everyone around us feel important, take racism in stride and get good grades and not protest when there’s nothing being done about blatant racism. The white terrorists of this country get more sympathy than us. They get to go to burger king and take snapshots with the cops. We get shot and killed or mysteriously hung. White people are the biggest terrorist threat in the U.S.

racism in a nutshell

As black people, we already have enough to deal with. We can’t live our lives like white people can. They can worry about having hockey shoes for little Timmy’s tryout. We have to worry about getting shot just for walking up the street. There are things I have to remind my fiancé that a white man does not. There are lessons I have to teach my black children that white people do not. We live in two different worlds on the same fucking planet.

Everything in America is already “pro-white” you don’t need a fucking label. The KKK still runs like an organization because they hide behind the “Christian values” tripe and America as a whole hasn’t done a damn thing about them. They. Are. Terrorists. But we’re supposed to be okay with that. We’re “grasping at straws” or we’re “just the typical angry black person”. There are always excuses to cover the white man’s ass.

We don’t even have a black-owned hospital. We don’t own shit! But we started being pro-active about being pro-black and all of sudden, we’re racist?! We’re hypocritical?! We don’t need white people to tell us about black issues. We get it, we know we have a problem within ourselves. The part white people don’t seem to grasp is that they have contributed. We get that while we’re busy chemically assaulting our bodies through perms, relaxers, and bleach, white people are plastic bombing their asses and injecting toxins in their faces; staying in tanning beds longer to get darker. Cultural appropriating everything that is black. Their excuse: “We think it’s cool!” That shit ain’t cool, but if we bring that up, once again we’re racist, we’re assholes, we’re ANGRY. Our natural bodies aren’t something to try to emulate. We don’t have shit as it is and we can’t even keep what we DO have.  We don’t have our language, our own history outside of slavery, our own culture. It was all taken from us the moment we were shipped here. We are trying to get us back.


Black people as a whole: Y’all are getting real forgetful and a bit too forgiving.

Everybody wants to be a nigga, but don’t nobody want to be a nigga. -Paul Mooney

We have to make places designated for black people because we are not wanted or needed in white spaces. We are used as the token black friend more than I am willing to accept. Whether we see it, or not. We are used as targeting practice, we are being used as the go-to when white people need to feel better about themselves. You want to talk to ME about “pro-white”?! You can get the fuck out of my face. We live in a place where white people can be black, but black people can’t be white. That one-drop rule is a bitch.

I’m not finished, but this should be enough, for now.


Blacks have a condition, not a problem

Blacks have a condition, not a problem. Whites have the problem, racism, that creates our condition. All we can do is react.

~ Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian, 1992

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“Only people who believe in god have the capacity for goodness.” | Guest Author

By Camille McGregor

Earlier today, I was riding in the car with my boyfriend to go and get something to eat. As he was driving, we passed by a car that had come to a full stop right in the middle of a lane. The driver had the hazard lights on. While my boyfriend had continued to drive past the car, I mentioned that I felt bad for the woman in the car because she appeared to be having car trouble. At this point, I was starving but my boyfriend decided to pull around and go back to offer the woman assistance.
We pulled up behind the woman’s car. My boyfriend exited the car and went over to the woman’s car. As I sat in the car, I  saw the exchange he had with her. After speaking to her for what seemed like a half an hour  (because I was so hungry) but in reality was only about ten minutes,  he pushed her car off of the busy road and onto the side of the street so that she could wait in a safer location for a tow truck. A few minutes later, the woman and my boyfriend walked back across the street to where I was seated in the car. I  opened the door to speak with her. Before I could introduce myself,  she belted out, “thank you guys so much for all of your help!” She thanked me for bringing it to my boyfriend’s attention that she seemed as if she may need some help and told me that she was insisting on giving my boyfriend some money for helping her, but he kept refusing to accept it. “So many people drove around me and kept driving. No one offered to help,” she said. She asked for my number and I told her to give me a call and let us know that everything worked out. My boyfriend helped her to cross the busy road,  she thanked him again and he returned to the car.

I am an atheist and so is my boyfriend. One may ask how we were able to bring ourselves to help another human being and be kind to her in her time of need when both of us are void of religion. My answer; religion is not synonymous with morality. One does not need religion to know right from wrong or to have the ability to empathize with others. There are way more believers in the world than non-believers. I am certain the majority of people that saw this woman in a bind and continued to move on without offering any assistance, were believers. However, it took two little non-believers to stop and offer assistance to their fellow human being. Why? Because at the core of who we are, we are good people. I was able to feel for that woman because I imagined how I would feel if I were in her position. My boyfriend decided to go back and help her because he could see that I felt for that woman and he himself is a helpful person at his core. These traits and feelings come from shared humanity, not shared religion.

Many of us as atheists have experienced people assuming or questioning our morality or moral standards because we are not believers. They can not understand and refuse to believe that you can have a good moral compass if you are devoid of religion. This assumption has never seized to not piss me off. I do not need religion to guide me, be my moral compass or to teach me how to be a good person. The universal understanding of humanity is to treat folks how you want to be treated and that is exactly what I do. That is common sense to human beings born with intrinsic moral compasses. As a child, I didn’t turnover another’s kid’s chair so that he or she would fall because I knew if someone did that to me I would be embarrassed. I knew this and understood this before setting foot in anyone’s church or being spoken to about any sort of religious belief. If you ask me, if you need a religious text or someone to tell you to be kind, not hurt others or treat others well in order for you to do so, you are the one with the problem.

I believe that most people are innately good. They do not need man-made entities or belief systems to make them be good. On the contrary, religion has had an overwhelming influence of presenting people with the opportunity to be bad. It has presented people with the opportunity to unfairly judge others, to treat others poorly, to separate themselves from others, to use scare and fear tactics to get people to submit and obey. All in the name of religion. So much bad has been washed away and swept under the rug because it occurred in the name of religion. At the end of the day, my own humanity and my ability to sympathize and empathize with the humanity of others makes me good. In fact, if we look at the history of religion and its present we will see that there are millions of people with religion that have been capable of tremendous bad. The presence of religion does not ensure goodness any more than the absence of religion ensures badness.

Black Atheists – The Other “One-percenters”/Guest Author

by Raven Burnes

“If I were to hazard a guess about the future of black religion, I could not imagine it without according a more prominent role to one percenters” (William David Hart, author of “One Percenters”: Black Atheists, Secular Humanists, and Naturalists, page 676).


I read the above quoted essay recently and really enjoyed it. It identified black atheists as approximately one percent of the black population. I’m not sure whether that’s accurate or not. Considering the fact that many atheists are in the closet, either partially or fully, the number could be understated. But, assuming for the moment that the number is accurate, what kind of impact can we expect to realistically have on our theistic brothers and sisters?


I think it is important to remember – and Hart makes this clear in his essay – that black secular humanists, freethinkers, naturalists, and atheists have had a powerful effect on the black liberation movement. Freethinker and Darwinist evolutionary supporter, Hubert Harrison, who was known as the “father of Harlem radicalism,” affected the thinking and writings of several black literary and philosophical leaders, including A. Philip Randolph, Chandler Owen, Cyril Briggs, Richard B. Moore, Marcus Garvey, Countee Cullen, W.E.B. Du Bois, Nella Larsen, Walter White, Jessie Redmon Fauset, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X (Hart 676). These notables, in turn, have affected many subsequent black leaders.


The late William R. Jones, who wrote “Is God a White Racist,” and Anthony B. Pinn, who wrote Writing God’s Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist, are two more contemporary black freethinking thought leaders. These two men approach the subject of faith from slightly different angles, however: “As a secular humanist, Jones is less interested in debunking theism in the manner of ‘the New Atheists’ than defanging it, ” (Hart 680) while “debunking theism – that is, an epistemically driven desire to take down theism – motivates Pinn more powerfully than it does Jones” (Hart 682). Sikivu Hutchinson, author of Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values War, adds a much-needed feminist perspective to the contemporary black atheist discussion.


So, despite the apparently small numbers, African American secular humanists/atheists/freethinkers have played, and continue to play, a pivotal role in the struggle for racial justice. This should give us hope, despite the persistent caricatures of atheists in general, and black atheists specifically. I believe we play a key role in providing an alternative to “New Atheist” groups, which many (rightly or wrongly) find to be narrowly fixated on science alone, staunchly white male in composition, and seemingly unconcerned with the issues that directly impact African  American communities.


Speaking of the atheist community in general, as Hart reminds us (688), being an atheist only means that one does not believe in a God or gods. It does not reveal one’s political persuasion, social awareness, level of sexist or racist beliefs, nor even the adoption of various other non-theistic superstitions. Therefore, as black atheists, we must actively choose to become visible participants in the fight for racial and social justice with or without (preferably with) the support of the larger atheist community. We dare not leave social justice and humanitarian activities solely to the church. As it stands, many African Americans do rely on the black church to provide the types of social services that are needed in our communities. Unfortunately, in addition to this beneficial role, the church continues to promote homophobic and sexist ideas. It also fosters dependence upon a non-existent deity who has not, cannot, and will not do anything for us outside of what we do for ourselves. The shift from “belief” to “action” is key, in my opinion, to uniting black theists and atheists in the common struggle.


The actions I propose are the same types of actions that any charitable organization would provide, but under the banner of humanism. The unfortunate stereotype which atheists of all colors are saddled with is that we have no morals. Ignoring for the moment the ridiculousness of this stereotype, in order to be heard, we must combat this false perception with the truth. A common saying among black people is that we must work twice as hard as any other group to get half the respect. Not only is this still true, but atheists have the additional burden of being a minority within a minority. Nevertheless, I am hopeful that the old adage “actions speak louder than words” is no less true today than it has ever been.


Let us pay at least as much attention to what we do as what we believe. If we do so, I believe our “one-percent” status will one day cease to be a hindrance, or even a reality.



Hart, William David. “One Percenters”: Black Atheists, Secular Humanists, And Naturalists.” South Atlantic Quarterly 112.4 (2013): 675-696. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 Oct. 2015

The Ten Commandments of Atheism/Guest Author

by Raven Burnes

Last night I went to my very first Atheist gathering.  It was with Atheists United, San Fernando Valley Meetup in Los Angeles County. I really didn’t know what to expect, but it was great. The discussion was intelligent and everyone there had an amazing sense of humor. Before the meeting ended, we voted on the topic for the next meeting. One of the ideas, which got rejected, was “what would the 10 commandments of atheism be?” Since the idea intrigues me, I’ve decided throw my hat in the ring and offer the following.

The Ten Commandments of Atheism

  • Thou shalt have no God, gods, nor woo-woo superstitious clap-trap before thee, as thou hast a brain.
  • Thou shalt accept nothing on faith, nor hope, nor desire alone.
  • Thou shalt think for thyself, relying not upon the inherited beliefs, nor the cultural superstitions, of thy kinsmen.
  • Thou shalt subject all manner of statement and belief to rigorous contemplation, testing all things with logic, evidence, and clarity of thought.
  • Thou shalt love, honor, and care for all human, animal, and plant life – and all that which dost support it – if thou dost desire peace, joy, and longevity in the land.
  • Thou shalt balance the desires of thy animal flesh with the longings of the elevated consciousness which thou hast acquired – for thou art an evolved and evolving being.
  • Thou shalt enjoy and honor every day as a day to sanctify it, as thy days are surely numbered.
  • Thou shalt respect the laws of the land in which thou dwelst, unless such laws do violence to the freedom, happiness, and honor of any living creature, and until such time as such offending laws be discarded through legal process.
  • Thou shalt speak not of a literal hell, nor inflict such primitive and shameless implements of fear upon thy fellow creatures – especially thine own young – lest thou be thought a fool, yes, even a manipulative twit.
  • Verily I say unto thee: thou shalt respect all manner of diversity among thee, as such behavior is the mark of intelligent beings.

So, those are mine. What would your “ten commandments” be?