People of Color Organize, Review for "Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars"


....Having read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, I must say it had the tendency to get very dry, but not Moral Combat! It’s filled with a dialectical analysis of why it is people of color are so religious. I think the thing I really enjoyed about the book is that explored how it is most people of color come to being an atheist in the first place, COLONIAL EXPLOITATION! I mean really, honestly, the scientific aspect being a major factor for me becoming an atheist, wasn’t really in my purview as much as the exploitation we suffer around the world being Western colonial subjects (the paradigmatic positioning of the African as being the “The Other”. We are nonbeings; we are the object that civil society points to so that they can know that they are alive. Our suffering being placed outside the confines of humanity is key to the existence of civil society; we are a fungible commodity to be used at will).

Another issue Dr. Hutchinson brings to light is the fact that we as African people in America (and abroad), aren’t “real Black people” if we are atheist, as if we are some type of alternative Negroes. Dr. Hutchinson blows that myth right out of the water! I find the gender analysis amazing as well, as a male I must admit my blind spot in respect to why it is women of color are so hyper-religious. Being an atheist and a socialist, I found this book to be an invaluable tool for politically educating people of color.


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Comment by Shutch on May 18, 2011 at 11:36pm
Thanks for the comment, fortunately the numbers of AA freethinkers who are willing to be visible are growing



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