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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, […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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