While I haven’t seen a lot of overt racism in my time in the atheist and skeptic communities, it’s true that when you look at us we’re a pretty melanin-light crew. Just look at pictures from any local or international conference to see what I’m talking about. Though rarely spoken out loud, my fellow white (usually dude) skeptics and atheists seems to have this idea that racial minorities just aren’t as interested in science and/or are hesitant to abandon faith for cultural reasons.
Well, the truth is there is a long history of secularism and humanism in the African-American community and it’s long past time that the rest of us took notice. There’s also a way we can help the growing numbers of atheists and free-thinkers of color. It’s call the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers and I encourage you to help spread the word.
That last link was to a brand new site, African-Americans for Humanism, and it’s one I’m really excited about. I salute Debbie Goddard and thank her for her work on this project. I’m a white dude, but I know how important this is and hope to see her soon overwhelmed with work as this project takes off. I will also be looking at ways I can help the cause.
But, you ask, what can AAH do for me? Well, they have a growing directory of local groups for black non-believers, information on important black humanists in history, and my personal favorite (!!!) a speaker bureau so we can make the our conferences and panels less monochrome!
Oh yeah, and they’re starting a multimedia awareness campaign. Seriously amazing, folks.
Okay folks, if you are a free-thinker of color, I hope you already new about AAH. If not, I’m glad I could do a small part to further their mission. If you’re not African-American, please help spread the word about AAH and the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers