Atheists are falling behind in promoting causes of racial justice and equality. It’s time to step up.
About the Author
Sikivu Hutchinson is well-known as a secular humanist activist and writer who is involved in the promotion of skepticism, atheism, and social justice concerns such as feminism. She earned a Ph.D. from the New York University in Performance Studies and has taught urban studies, cultural studies and women's education at the Western Washington University and California Institute of Arts.
Hutchinson wrote significant books, such as Imagining Transit 2003, Moral Combat 2011, Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels in 2013 and has also published essays, fiction and critical theory in Social Text, Black Agenda Report, the Humanist Magazine and Free Inquiry.
What happens when an African American female intimate partner violence victim attempts to defend herself after years of domestic terror? She gets slapped with a mandatory minimum 20 years in prison for aggravated assault.
Oh to be middle-aged, male, skeptic and white — master of the rational universe. The ad nauseum propagandistic bullshit that atheist/secularis/freethought circles are magically exempt from institutional racism, sexism and heterosexism continues to be blown to bits by allegations of pervasive sexual harassment
Earlier this year, Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA) spearheaded its First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative, which focuses on providing resources to undocumented, foster care, homeless and LGBTQ youth who will be the first in their families to go to college.