Black Freethought

This is a group for ALL interested in the subject of black atheism, freethought, & humanism. "Black" pertains to all people of African descent.

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Latest Activity: Apr 6


The photo displayed is of Harlem soapbox orator, agitator, popular educator, & atheist Hubert Henry Harrison.

Documentation of black atheism, freethought, & humanism on the web can be found in my atheist web guide.

See also my working bibliography.

I also have a general interest blog, Reason & Society.

Some of you may also be interested in some of my other projects, e.g. The Autodidact Project, my Studies in a Dying Culture (blog), and my Emergence blog. You can also listen to my podcasts: my Internet radio show is called "Studies in a Dying Culture," hosted by Think Twice Radio.

Discussion Forum

God Doesn't Make Mistakes (WARNING: Contains horrific photo)

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William R. Jones, Jr., author of 'Is God a White Racist?', dies

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Slave Sermons

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Day of Solidarity for Black Non Believers

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New book about prominent black intellectuals

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Economics 101 for Slaves...

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Prayer? Prayers do not come true!!

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Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 20, 2009 at 2:38pm
I see. So now we're talking not only about the biological origin of the human race but the earliest civilization. That's part of what you mean by connecting the dots. Very well. And once we connect them, then what? Do we value the ancient more than the modern? Vice versa? My problem is when people make claims that go beyond factual claims. Some claim that all civilization is a mistake, that we never should have been suckered into cultivating plants. Indeed, when one turns real history into metaphysics one can make any value claim one wishes. I prefer living in the modern world, thank you, and when it comes to ancient civilizations, it's six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Comment by Dave Myers on April 20, 2009 at 1:02pm
.... I think that any-one taking care enough , to perform a bit of home-work/independant research , will un-cover a wealth of data supporting those who claim that 'sophisticated' civilization originated in black africa ...
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 19, 2009 at 9:55pm
Suppose remains were discovered in China that antedated all others. Then we would be, ipso facto, all of Chinese dissent. This would mean one or more of three things:

(1) Barring some major evolutionary divergence, the human race is biologically the same for all intents and purposes;

(2) We are all really Chinese (which means what to us, culturally?);

(3) We should stop disrespecting the Chinese, because we descended from them or their ancestors.

I guess it would be shocking for some ill-informed racial supremacist to learn something like this. However, in the larger scheme of things, what difference does it make what geographical point of origin the human species has? Why should we give a shit one way or the other? But yes, the reconstruction of the biological history of the species is important; equally important is the reconstruction of its social history, which interacts with the biological, but requires an analysis on a different level. If this is a discussion worth pursuing, then perhaps we should start one in the discussion section.
Comment by Dave Myers on April 19, 2009 at 9:44pm
... if we're not able to accurately connect our historical ( ancestral ) dots , what's left ??
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 19, 2009 at 3:36pm
Welcome, Claudia. I look forward to learning more about your historical research.

Perhaps a further dissemination of the long-known fact of the African origin of human life will give some people perspective. Ultimately I don't think there's anything deep about that, as polygenesis was discredited long ago. But maybe the Darwin-deniers still think we all belong to different species. You know, there's a lot of basic stuff I learned back in grade school decades ago that most Americans don't know now, given how bad our educational systems are.
Comment by Dave Myers on April 19, 2009 at 2:14pm
... here - in lies , the "real" discussion , and unfortunately , one that will not substantively "begin" untill it's realized by all , that modern humanities ancestors ARE of african descent ...
Comment by Gwen on April 18, 2009 at 9:47pm
I live in the 'liberal' bay area of California, and one would think I would be able to find a few AAAtheists here, luck...the closest I could find was a 'deist', but at least he didn't run away screaming when I told him I was a-theist!
Comment by RealType on April 18, 2009 at 9:30pm
our group is growing and i try to spread the word, i hope that one day we will reach a thousand and beyond
Comment by Dre Smith on April 16, 2009 at 12:25pm
Scattered few we seem to be across these United States. The term "outcast" seems to not be too much of a stretch at all to use the days when in reference to black atheist. It's nice to know your not the only black who feels this way, but I know least I sense rather in the black community things not too far behind that we are only the ones willing to acknowledge our many I feel go through the motions of their faith whilst at the same time not really believing in the first place or just do so out of some false sense of familial honor.
Comment by YellowSun1111 on April 16, 2009 at 12:20pm
Hi All, I'am deep in the hood. Trying to find like-minded individuals here is damn near impossible. I feel a sense of relief here and I look forward to exchanging. Thank you all for being.

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