Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical

Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical

by Sikivu Hutchinson


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Feminism and atheism are “dirty words” that Americans across the political spectrum love to debate—and hate. Throw them into a blender and you have a toxic brew that supposedly defies decency, respectability, and Americana. Add an “unapologetically” Black critique to the mix and it’s a deal-breaking social taboo. Putting gender at the center of the equation, progressive “Religious Nones” of color are spearheading an anti-racist, social justice humanism that disrupts the “colorblind” ethos of European American atheist and humanist agendas, which focus principally on church-state separation. These critical interventions build on the lived experiences and social histories of segregated Black and Latinx communities that are increasingly under economic siege. In this context, Hutchinson makes a valuable and necessary call for social justice change in a polarized climate where Black women’s political power has become a galvanizing national force.

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ISBN-13: 9781634311984
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Series: Humanism in Practice
Edition description: None
Pages: 135
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sikivu Hutchinson is an educator, author, and playwright. She is the founder of Black Skeptics Los Angeles and the Women's Leadership Project, a mentoring and civic engagement program for South L.A. girls of color.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Stone Cold Here and Now 11

1 Unapologetically Black, Feminist, Humanist 27

2 Culturally Relevant Humanism and Economic Justice 46

3 The Black Humanist Heathen Gaze 87

4 Gen Secular and People of Color 100

Acknowledgments 121

Index 123

About the Author 135

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