A Must-See Talk About Racial Diversity from Skepticon 5

If you want to hear a great speaker give an effective speech on a difficult topic, listen to Professor Anthony Pinn talk about racial diversity in our fight against theism from Skepticon 5 (beginning at the 0:40 mark):

As always, if any particular moments stand out to you, leave the timestamp and summary in the comments!

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  • http://twitter.com/xecretcode Nick Prudent

    Awesome speech. Love the historical perspective. He touches on an important point: lots of people in the black community see the church as a community center…a place to network & stay in touch. Not gonna find this at the local CFI meeting ;-)

    Half of my family meet at church on a regular basis. Since I’m a Atheist — and therefore in league with the devil — I have to find other opportunities to see them.

    It would be interesting to have Atheists from other minorities (Asian, native-Americans, Latin-Americans, etc.) and hear about their experience. I bet (hope) we could find commonalities.

    Thanks for posting this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Porter/100001075278352 Ben Porter

    Move through the world knowing your footsteps matter. It was important to the speech but still a footnote. I think that statement stands out to me more than the rest of the speech. Though the whole speech was moving and intellectually entertaining, and informing.

  • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

    One of my favorites from SK5, but unfortunately (and somewhat unsurprisingly, given its place in the schedule) one of the least attended. We do a good job as a movement of being welcoming to diverse age groups, and things are (at least if I look at it optimistically) getting better in terms of gender participation, but our racial/ethnic diversity is still seriously lacking. The barrier seems tough to get past, but I liked what Prof. Pinn had to say in terms of practical steps.

  • dantresomi

    My only gripe this, and Pinn does a wonderful job, is that he doesn’t discuss WHY the church is so important to the AA community. While he brushes on MLK, he doesn’t explain why the church was so important to the AA community during the Black freedom rights struggle. In the AA community, leaving the church is like spitting on your race. That’s a tough thing to do. 

  • amycas

    I’m glad I get to see the whole talk now. I was there and didn’t get to see the whole thing.

  • Marella

    Fascinating talk. I do live in the US and I find the racial situation of there very difficult and confusing. He made it a bit easier to understand.

  • Marella

     Oops, do NOT live in the US, sry.