March 30, 2016

Women of Doubt: Sikivu Hutchinson's "Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief"

Sikivu Hutchinson is one of the many authors on my To Read list that I am seriously looking forward to delving into. Currently, she's the author of three books that are on my list: Godless American: Race and Religious Rebels, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, and White Nights, Black Paradise.

Recently, Huffington Post Black Voices ran a piece by Hutchinson titled "10 Fierce Atheists: Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief." I'm not going to share the entire piece, because you should go check it out for yourself, but I did find this really interesting:

Lena’s violent rebuke of Beneatha is a caveat to all the uppity Black female atheists who’ve been rendered invisible — both by a white secular culture that only sees atheism through the Islamophobic lens of Richard Dawkins, and a black religious culture that uses heteronormative Christian respectability politics to silence and police women. Decades after the literary slap heard around Black America, to be female, beyond belief and Black (to recast Hansberry’s iconic phrase) is still the ultimate betrayal of the race.

It's easy to forget sometimes that nonbelief is experienced differently based on intersecting factors like race, class, and gender. Religion impacts our lives very differently depending on the interplay of those factors.

Check out Hutchinson's piece for some phenomenal women of doubt, folks.

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