I listened to this piece on NPR on African-Amercan atheists and their experiences in the U.S. It is certainly something that I haven’t really thought about much.
It was interesting to hear the woman, Jamila Bey, I think her name is, just beause I’ve never heard a black person speak like that, really, I’ve never heard that. And her background was interesting too– a non-practicing Black Muslim father (I’m guessing that means NOI? that really isn’t clear) and Southern Baptist convert to Catholicism.
But it’s also interesting that atheism/humanism(the distinction is not all that clear to me unfortunately) as an anti-belief system kind of functions as a religion, with people seeking out other “non-believers.” and that W.E.B. Dubois was a humanist.
Life is so confidently complicated. There are a lot of black/ people who aren’t particularly practicing religiously. I suspect the numbers are a lot higher than we think.
I guess the last thing sort of touched on at the beginning of the program and what I think about in the context of some of the classes I have taken. I learned that “black religion” is such a central part of the black experience and regardless of the religious path taken many black people develop a theology that speaks to the central question of human suffering. I wonder how atheism fits into this paradigm.
hmm one more thing, “science is good” I was a bit chaffed by Jamila Bey’s comment that suggested that people of faith don’t believe in science. tiresome. It’s like for some people at least, faith and science can’t co-exist.
Ay, I have to deal with the extreme right wingers on one side who believe their sacred practices texts tradtions are THE WAY and everyone else is just doomed. Then I have to deal with people on the extreme left. It’s getting tiresome America! will probably have to blog more about this later.