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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.See More
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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.See More
Mar 16, 2009
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Lorraine Hansberry, secular humanist (May 19, 1930 - January 12, 1965)

Hopefully, you remember Lorraine Hansberry as author of the first black play to open on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun (1959). The young, politically conscious daughter in the play, Beneatha, is an atheist, who gets slapped down by the traditionalist matriarch of the family. Hansberry apparently could not follow through on her advanced ideas, as she probably would have lost her audience and likely felt the need to vindicate the strong, self-sacrificing, pious black mother to whom so much was…See More
Mar 15, 2009
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Butterfly McQueen

Perhaps you remember actress Butterfly McQueen from the infamous classic film "Gone with the Wind"? She was the girl who didn't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies. But in real life, she was an intelligent woman, and a lifetime member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.I've known about this for a couple decades, but I was just reminded when I stumbled across some material about her on the Positive Atheism web site:…See More
Mar 11, 2009
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W.E.B. Du Bois on religion

Du Bois on ReligionBy William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, Phil Zuckerman.Published by Rowman Altamira, 2000.ISBN 0742504212, 9780742504219209 pagesYou can find excerpts from this book on google books:http://books.google.com/books?id=xsMszzLoPccC"Phil Zuckerman here gathers together Du Bois's writings on religion, and makes a compelling case for Du Bois to be recognized among the leading sociologists of religion. Du Bois on Religion…See More
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Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky was voted to be the most important intellectual in the world. This group is for those who want to learn more about him.See More
Mar 8, 2009
Ralph Dumain added a discussion to the group Karl Marx

Marx, Jews, & Judaism

This is a controversial subject, but note that there are two aspects of it that do NOT interest me, accusations that:(1) Marx was anti-Semitic;(2) Marx was a self-hating Jew.There is plenty of literature on these subjects, but I don't think it is worthwhile. More important is the context in which the ideas of the Young Hegelians (including Marx) were formed, and Marxist analyses of Jewish religion and culture, the Jewish Enlightenment, etc.I'll begin with a book I have not read:Karl Marx and…See More
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A 397 page scholarly study, encompassing the life of Mohammed, the origins and development of the Koran, concepts of superstition, slavery, Jihad,  brotherhood, the status of women, science and ideology.


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The Autodidact Project: 10th anniversary

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 7:51pm 2 Comments

As others have privately commented about my web site, I think I am not remiss in tooting my own horn.

12 August 2009 was the 10th anniversary of my web site, The Autodidact Project, which is still going strong.

In addition to my own rants, essays, translations, poems, book and film reviews, I've provided bibliographies, web guides, and writings by and about others, and so have contributed and have been… Continue

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At 12:40am on January 28, 2010, Nathan Phillips said…
I appreciate your postings. They are always well thought out and are generally informative. Anyone who has gone to Atheist Nation's chat can see how communication can breakdown without postings such as you provide.
At 9:48pm on January 3, 2010, Daniel W said…
Irritation is bad for the blood pressure. I know, when I'm off work, mine drops by 20 points. You are too important to give in to frustration or to get carried away with something that will just cause you more grief. Take some deep breaths, and realize that this too shall pass, and know that sometimes it needs to pass. Take care.
At 3:01pm on October 5, 2009, tom arcaro said…
I am putting together a documentary on "Everyday Atheists" and want to make sure that the Black Freethought voice is heard. I need help is finding someone who is black, lives relatively near Burlington, North Carolina (central part of the state), and is willing to be on camera. I have a document describing the project that could be posted, just let me know. I have sent a "friend" request to you, so you could send response via that route or we could make other arrangements.
At 6:16pm on September 27, 2009, Nate said…
Sorry for your loss.
At 6:48pm on August 22, 2009, Robert H. said…
Brother Ralph,

I've read some of your material and your writings and essays are exceptional. Your copious works will now become a part of my required reading. Once I saw the Eric Dolphy sound clip, I knew you were hip! Eric's rendition of "You don't know what love is" is still, in my mind, one of the most profound interpretations of that standard ever played (and that's not because I'm a flautist).

I am an aspiring writer, my blog can be found by googling: "The African American Agnostic." If you don't mind I will quote you from time to time.

Peace and Critical Thinking,
At 6:13pm on August 12, 2009, Baphomet (AIM Soldier) said…
Lovin your group man. It's good to see dat black atheists are comin out online bro.
At 3:13pm on July 7, 2009, Little Name Atheist said…
Happy belated birthday, Ralph.
At 2:35pm on June 15, 2009, Marsha said…
Yes, those are several of the issues I'm exploring in my dissertation.

I read your page, but I asked only because you named so many interests and people usually have a specific era or subject that draws their attention the most. It was nice hearing from you.
At 6:57pm on June 14, 2009, Marsha said…
Well, I would imagine the racism isn't as virulent as it once was, but it still remains. As long as people are still racist in general it will be there. I went to a school that was heavily polish with a church that held mass in both english and polish. So I'm personally familiar with that experience. It was there amongst the students, but I can't say as much about the leadership.

The issue for them was that I was not catholic so they charged my parents more so I could attend and many of the teachers and students seem to quietly enjoy getting to exclude me from things like first communion and confession, etc. That's what first turned me off.

I research twentieth century US political history. I'm writing a dissertation on the New York Republican party, Nelson Rockefeller, and the liberal tradition in the Republican Party that was actively stamped out for the most part. I came to political history a little late, when I first came to graduate school I was most interested in urban history. I'm also very interested in African American history (which is my minor).

I noticed that you are a history buff what eras and topics interest you the most?
At 1:53pm on June 13, 2009, Stephen Goldin said…
Is it redundant to say the slanted room is a work of genius?

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