NEWS, ARTCLES & EVENTS

A Trailer for Grinning Skull was Released

A trailer for Sikivu Hutchinson’s ‘Grinning Skull’ was released . Check it out here: Set in Los Angeles in 1946, three women of color washroom attendants wrestle with the decision to unionize, bucking racism, sexism, class discrimination and religious dogma at the Pacific Electric Railway subway terminal. Testing the limits of solidarity, they come face…

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Upcoming Book: Rock ‘N’ Roll Heretic

“Those white boys on the major labels would never give an inch to a Negro woman playing race music.” It’s the late 1970s, and ex-Pentecostal Black female electric guitarist Rory Tharpe navigates the cutthroat world of corporate rock, dive bars and dusk-to-dawn recording sessions as she travels the nation in a dilapidated tour bus with…

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Memory Thieves: Beyond the White Gaze of Jonestown

Sikivu Hutchinson recently wrote about Jonestown . Check it out here: Black lesbian poet and activist Audre Lourde once said, “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” Lourde was one of the most fiercely eloquent champions of the revolutionary right of black…

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Photo From Grinning Skull

The photo below is from the Grinning Skull performance at The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival. For more, check it out here: “Grinning Skull” by playwright Sikivu Hutchinson left The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival audience gasping for its thrilling elements. “Grinning Skull” is set in Los Angeles in 1946, three female washroom attendants wrestle with the decision to unionize,…

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Grinning Skull

Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson’s short play “Grinning Skull”  is featured at The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival at the L.A. Theatre Center. Check it out here: Set in Los Angeles in 1946, three female washroom attendants wrestle with the decision to unionize, bucking racism, sexism, and class discrimination at the Pacific Electric Railway subway terminal. Testing the limits…

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Screening: Black Women, Peoples Temple and Jonestown

Museum of the African Diaspora and California Historical Society present White Nights, Black Paradise | A Screening and Discussion on Black Women, Peoples Temple and Jonestown Check it out here: On November 18, 1978, more than 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide at the Peoples Temple Settlement in Jonestown, Guyana. Although the majority of…

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2018 GLOBAL ATHEIST CONVENTION

Sikivu will be speaking at the 2018 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia Check it out here: Building on the success of The Rise of Atheism (2010) and A Celebration of Reason (2012), in 2018 the Atheist Foundation of Australia is excited to host the third Global Atheist Convention, Reason to Hope. It will be…

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Social Justice: Addressing the Narrative of Fear

Sikivu speaking at Humanist Institute’s Social Justice: Addressing the Narrative of Fear, sponsored by The Humanist Institute, the Humanist Center of MN, and First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public (child care provided) Lunch available with vegetarian and vegan options. For more details check it out here: The…

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Feminism and Humanism with Sikivu Hutchinson

Feminism and Humanism: Women of Color Beyond Faith This course discusses how black feminism emerged from the struggle against white supremacy and white racism.  In that racial slavery depended on the sexual exploitation of black women and the commodification of black women’s reproductive labor,  It established an economic and gender hierarchy of women that advantaged…

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SSA Backbone Award

Sikivu was awarded the Backbone Award by the Secular Student Alliance Check it out here: The SSA Backbone Award is given to an individual within the secular movement who is a guide and inspiration to secular students and student groups. This person has demonstrated a passion and commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Secular Student…

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2016 Secular Social Justice Conference features largest gathering of atheist of color activists

On January 29th and 30th, over one-hundred people gathered at Rice University in Houston, Texas for the first biannual Secular Social Justice conference featuring atheists, humanists and freethinkers of color. Participants came from across the nation to brainstorm, coalition-build and discuss issues of importance to communities of color in an era of intense backlash against…

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Remembering Jonestown: ‘White Nights, Black Paradise’ author Sikivu Hutchinson speaks

The People’s Minister of Information JR recently wrote about White Nights, Black Paradise. Check it out here: The Jonestown Massacre, where hundreds of Black people were murdered in the jungles of Guyana, is a chapter in Black Bay Area history that is not talked about enough. Many people did not know that the white preacher who was…

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Sikivu Hutchinson’s White Nights, Black Paradise

David Anderson recently wrote about White Nights, Black Paradise. Check it out here: Sikivu Hutchinson has made a truly impressive fiction debut with her first novel, White Nights, Black Paradise. She has brought a unique perspective to bear upon the story of Jim Jones, the People’s Temple movement, and the tragedy of Jonestown, one which,…

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Are We Black, Proud and Socialist?

Annie Dawid recently wrote about White Nights, Black Paradise. Check it out here: In answer to Jim Jones’ resonating question, Sikivu Hutchinson has written a novel that defiantly shouts Yes! White Nights, Black Paradise frames Peoples Temple and Jonestown within an African-American perspective, something which no published novel has yet managed. Of the handful of…

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Sikivu Reading for the Feminist Conversations Series

The upcoming USC-Dornsife’s Feminist Conversations Series will be featuring Sikivu. Check it out here: Reading excerpts from her new novel White Nights, Black Paradise, visiting scholar Sikivu Hutchinson will discuss black women’s involvement in the Peoples Temple movement, the cultural and political context of the Jonestown era and the problem of organized religion. Click here for…

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THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, THE BLACK CHURCH, AND THE TRAGIC LEGACY OF JONESTOWN

Sikivu was interviewed by Anita Little for Religion Dispatches. Check it out here: I recently met with author Sikivu Hutchinson on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she’s currently a visiting scholar at the USC Center for Feminist Research. We talked about the founding of the People’s Temple, why so many…

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Feminism, Race, and Religion: An Interview with Sikivu Hutchinson by Kile Jones

Sikivu was interviewed by Kile Jones for Feminism and Religion. Check it out here: While black Churches are burning, and black children are being gunned down by police, I felt it important to speak with someone who is involved in raising awareness on the role of racism and cultural imperialism in American society. I am…

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Sikivu at the American Humanist Association’s Annual Conference

Dr. Hutchinson will be appearing at the American Humanism Association’s 74th Annual Conference’s Afternoon Plenary: Panel: Humanism & Race. Race continues to matter in the United States. The examples of this reality are pressing and graphic. While humanists lament the poor approach of the religious regarding discourse on race and accompanying racism, less prevalent has been sustained and productive…

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First in the Family Humanist Scholarship Applications are Now Available for 2015 Awards

Originally posted at Black Skeptics Los Angeles  Black Skeptics Los Angeles‘ First in the Family Humanist Scholarship Application is Now Available for 2015 Awards TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF AWARDS ARE OFFERED: 1)  Four $1000 scholarships will be awarded to LAUSD graduating seniors who will be the first in their immediate families to go to college. Click…

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More Whitebread Atheism on CNN

Originally Posted on Black Skeptics on FreeThought Blogs Judging from its recent “Atheists” news show CNN believes atheists of color don’t exist and atheism is just as whitebread as Tea Party evangelicalism. Arguably the only primetime show on the subject in recent memory, the program purported to be a sweeping overview of the state of…

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On Intersectionality, Social Justice & Secularism: An Interview with Sikivu Hutchinson

  Sikivu was interviewed by Sincere Kirabo for Notes From an Apostate. Check it out here: While it can be nifty to specialize in a narrow niche, I always tip my hat off to those who are capable of addressing a broad stream of concerns with poise and academic prowess. I’m not sure how many can…

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Moral Combat: Kindle Edition Free on Amazon Until Wednesday

The Kindle edition of Moral Combat, the critically acclaimed, 5/5 star book is currently free on Amazon. Grab your copy here! The Reviews are in: “In this text, Hutchinson has structured a very important analysis of the many factors that have given shape to black atheist identity and politics.” “A truly brave and groundbreaking book.””Informative. Inspirational. Politically relevant.…

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Women of Color Beyond Faith Forum & the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers

Women of color remain the most consistently religious group in the nation. At the same time, the majority of women of color live in highly segregated communities that cut across class lines. For many African American and Latino women of all backgrounds, faith and religion are intimately woven into their daily lived experiences, community contexts,…

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Do All Black Lives Matter? Feminism, Humanism, and State Violence

 Originally posted on The Humanist Last Saturday I took my six year-old daughter to a demonstration and die-in in Hollywood. Across the globe, protestors from every walk of life have converged to express their outrage over the double whammy non-indictments of the white officers who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New…

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Instead of hating on social justice, atheists should tackle STEM segregation

 Originally posted on Chris Stedman’s Religion News Service blog: Fatheist One of the most evocative images from the protests in Ferguson, Missouri this summer was that of demonstrator Angela Jaboor wielding an “I Am a Woman” sign. Jaboor’s sign was modeled after the historic “I Am a Man” signs displayed by male civil rights activists in the 1960s.…

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Event Photos: Sikivu Speaks at the Houston Black Non-Believers Meeting

On March 22, 2014 Sikivu Hutchinson spoke to the Houston Black Non-Believers (HBN) on Black feminism, secular humanism and social justice politics. The presentation was organized by HBN founder Donald Wright, author of “The Only Prayer I’ll Ever Pray: Let My People Go.”

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Maryam Moosam-Clark: “Why Sikivu Hutchinson’s Latest Book Is Relevant To an Angry Romani Ex-Muslim”

In “Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels”, Sikivu Hutchinson takes us on a roller coaster ride through the different, interacting forms of underprivilege that affect People of Color in the United States, past and present. Throughout much of the journey, despite giving numerous examples a minority person can relate to, she maintains a measure of…

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Psychology Today Interview

A generation ago a typical humanist group might have been little more than a few older, white men meeting in the basement of a Unitarian church, arguing points of philosophy that have little relevance in the real world. That has changed, as atheist and humanist groups have sprung up in a much wider range of…

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Why Did So Many Black Women Die? Jonestown At 35

35 years ago, on November 19, 1978, 73-year-old Hyacinth Thrash awoke to a nightmare in the jungles of Guyana. In one of the largest murder-suicides in world history, 918 people from her Peoples Temple church lay dead before her eyes, poisoned by a lethal cocktail of cyanide and fruit punch. The images from this gothic…

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Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels Book Review by Randall Fleming

“In Godless Americana, Sikivu Hutchinson is daring, resourceful and able.   She is the current vanguard regarding the freethought movement, and she recognizes those women who in the past have been the vanguard as well.   She makes distinctions that have long been ignored by the “mainstream” agnostics, atheists and secular groups. She backs all…

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Sikivu Hutchinson is Secular Woman’s Woman of the Year!

From Secular Woman: Woman of the Year Sikivu Hutchinson Sikivu Hutchinson was chosen as Woman of the year due to her being a radical humanist activist, educator, and writer who advocates for social justice within academic and atheist movement circles, while putting her theories into practice in her own community of Los Angeles. She is a…

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“Unrelenting, Informative Critique” a Review of Godless Americana by Jorge Gomez

“Godless Americana” is an eye-opening passionate critique of the current socioeconomic struggle faced by people of color. It also exposes the role white Christian nationalism has in vilifying urban communities. It’s a quest for how Humanism can be relevant to such communities. You may not agree with everything Dr. Hutchinson has to offer but we…

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Interview by Secular Woman: Sikivu Hutchinson on Radical Humanism, Race and Gender

Black NonBelievers (Mandisa Thomas, President) and Judith Moore recently sponsored an event in Atlanta where Sikivu Hutchinson spoke on atheism, race, gender, and a plethora of additional cultural and historical influences that shape our society.  The talk was a well integrated and an astoundingly complex weaving of the everyday, the academic, and the lived experiences of…

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The War Against Black Children

In a predominantly Black South L.A. continuation school class packed with eleventh and twelfth grade girls, only half want to go to college, few can name role models of color and virtually none have been exposed to literature by women of color.  Demonized as the most expendable of the expendable, Black continuation school students are…

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Predators Beyond Belief

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, assault and workplace discrimination from women in the field. The most recent allegations by Dr. Karen…

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Sikivu Hutchinson Featured in Salon, by Soraya Chemaly

By Soraya Chemaly In a Salon piece last week called, “Where are the women of new atheism?”, Katie Englehardt described what looks like diminishing participation of women in atheist life. She also encouraged atheist women to more openly embrace their beliefs. But atheist women are very active. These women aren’t visible — and there aren’t more like…

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Shadow of the Plantation: Statement in Solidarity with Abortion Freedom Rides

The Stop Patriarchy coalition’s Abortion Freedom Rides begin July 23rd In her book In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Alice Walker writes, “What did it mean for a black woman to be an artist in our grandmother’s time? Our great-grandmothers’ day? Did you have a genius of a great-great-grandmother who died under some ignorant and depraved white…

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Ilda B. Wells, Feminist Public Menace

At an early age, black girls are branded as public menaces. They are suspended and expelled for “defiance” at greater rates than white boys who commit actual felony offenses. They pack the juvenile halls and adult prisons of the most prolific “first world” jailer on the planet. In textbook history, their connection to radical social…

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Trayvon’s Class of 2013

Yesterday, at Black Skeptics Los Angeles’ scholarship ceremony, my colleagues and I had the profound honor of giving scholarships to five brilliant youth of color who are first generation college students. They are 17 and 18 year- olds who have known more struggle and sacrifice than many adults have known in their entire lives. They…

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The Racial Politics of Atheism: Religion Dispatches Interview with Sikivu Hutchinson

What inspired you to write Godless Americana?  After writing Moral Combat in 2011 I became increasingly outraged by the extreme rightward turn of public policy and national discourse. I felt that there needed to be a strong atheist/humanist rebuke and critique of the strident xenophobic nationalism and racist propaganda that erupted with greater vengeance during the 2012…

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Call for Papers: Women of Color Beyond Faith Anthology

Call For Papers   NEW ANTHOLOGY   Women of Color Beyond Faith: Freethought, Feminism and Social Justice   Editors: Sikivu Hutchinson and Kimberly Veal   Historically, women of color have been more religious than white women. According to the Pew Research Survey, at 87% and 85% respectively, African American and Latino women represent the largest and…

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Black Skeptics Los Angeles Awards First in the Family Humanist Scholarships to South L.A. Students

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.  Responding directly to the school-to-prison pipeline crisis in communities of color, BSLA is the first…

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Godless Americana Review by Dr. Kamela Heyward-Rotimi

  Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels is a pointed and necessary resource for both public and academic discourses to better understand the experience of secular people of color forging visibility in the battle of social justice.  Secular activists of color are rendered invisible and improbable within the community politics of religious institutions and predominately…

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Book Review: Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels

A book review of Godless Americana by Alyson Miers.   Friends, countryfolk, students of secularism, direct your attention this way, please. Grab your lined notebooks and pens and take a seat facing the board. It is time for the lessons you didn’t get in high school, or for that matter in college. Sikivu Hutchinson’s new book,…

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Excerpt From Godless Americana by Walker Bristol

Excerpt by Walker Bristol of Nonprophet Status   Abuse of privilege and power plagues the nontheistic community just as much, in some ways moreso, as it does American society. Sikivu Hutchinson has emerged as a strong, incredibly thorough academic pushing back against these oppressive structures, tracing the history of Black humanism and liberation, and investigating the…

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Readers Rocking Godless Americana

“Sikivu punches in the gut”.   Diane Arellano’s Review: “Godless Americana is a thoughtful and beautifully written book”   Sikivu’s Americana will have you musing at the space contemporary cultural characters like Honey Boo Boo occupy and in the next breathe, have you ponder the true intentions and operative strategies of political heavy weights such as…

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Advance Review: Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels

Black Freethinkers’ review: “Godless Americana is definitely a MUST READ! Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson is masterful at presenting the facts, precept upon precept, of secular social justice, white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, capitalism, economic injustice, and global imperialism. Dr. Hutchinson expertly dissects the dismantling of the American public education system, the school to prison piepline, and the…

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Interview: Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson Explores Atheism and Religion in the Black Community

“Even as African-American attitudes evolve on formerly taboo issues like gay marriage, atheism remains a taboo. After the overwhelming response to “Yes, I’m Black, No I’m Not Christian” on black non-religious women, we reached out to Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson to get her take on what it means to hold no faith as a woman of…

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Defense of Marriage: Racism, Family Values and the 99%

As the lead attorney for Proposition 8 trotted out the standard Christian fascist “marriage is only for procreation” party line before the Supreme Court yesterday, I was reminded of a 2012 Los Angeles Timesstory about the changing demographics of California families.  The article leads with an idyllic portrait of a white lesbian-headed family whose daughter is…

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Excerpt: Straight to Hell:Christian Fascism and Americana, from Secular Nation, March/April 2013

“Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on Monday…They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I do this and you give me cash unless it is illegal.” Thus spoke…

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Anthony Pinn on Sikivu Hutchinson

“So much conversation regarding atheism and humanism gains no traction, and does little to push beyond areas of comfort and well worn arguments. Sikivu Hutchinson’s work offers an important corrective to this. With clear and sharp insights, Hutchinson pushes readers to recognize and tackle the patterns of thought and action that limit any real ability…

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Beyond Starship Enterprise: Racism, Sexism, and the Science Pipeline

Decked out in a white lab coat straight from central casting, the African American science teacher featured in target’s latest “Back to School” commercial is a cartoonish reminder of the dearth of images of black scientists in American popular culture. Riffing about school supplies to the tune of Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me with Science,” the teacher…

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Reader Praise for Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars

“I was one of the first to buy Hutchinson’s new book, and after reading it, we interviewed her on Freethought Radio. It is a wonderful book! Well, if I can use the word “wonderful” to describe a sometimes disturbing deep-and-wide look at how religion (especially Christianity) has harmed the African-American community, as well as a…

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Nice White Boys Next Door and Mass Murder – By Sikivu Hutchinson, from the Feminist Wire

Standing in line at the California Science Center the day of the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary school, my students wondered aloud about the race of the shooter.  “More than likely he was white,” they agreed. As the only people of color waiting to be admitted to the exhibit, their open question about race…

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Forthcoming February 2013: Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels (Excerpt)

It’s a good time to be Christian in America. The dark dirty era of persecution has receded and being Christian, shouting it loud and balls to the breeze proud without the possibility of rebuke, is sexy. Ads from Internet dating sites like Christian Singles beckon during prime time, the Christian catch phrase “I’m blessed” has…

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“Jezebel” by Sikivu Hutchinson Excerpt from Free Inquiry Magazine, December 2012

Excerpt from “Jezebel” Free Inquiry Magazine, December 2012   My first memory of attending a political protest was with my father after a woman named Eulia Love was murdered by two LAPD officers in 1979 in South Central Los Angeles.  Love was gunned down after allegedly threatening them with a butcher knife.  The killing elicited a firestorm…

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Sikivu Hutchinson – Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars

“I just finished reading your book “Moral Combat” and I wanted to thank you for writing it. I am an atheist college professor teaching sociology (mostly criminology and globalization) and while I enjoy reading “New Atheist” folks like Dawkins and Hitchens I was always disappointed in their lack of context (you wrote about that beautifully).…

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