August 25, 2016

Sam Harris has once again appointed himself a relevant arbiter on matters he is only tenuously familiar with. In a recent episode of his Waking Up podcast titled “Racism and Violence in America,” Harris shared what he believed to be enlightened ideas on racism and declared that he wanted to gain greater clarity on issues unique to the Black community. I know Harris is a revered figure for many within atheist circles. I also know that his statements during this… Read more

August 16, 2016

What follows is an open dialogue between me and theologian and author, Randal Rauser. We discuss social awareness, the chasm between atheists and theists, common ground, and humanism.     Sincere Kirabo: A few months ago I addressed an issue I’ve seen fester within secular circles for a while. I described the assorted beliefs as “village atheism,” a worldview observed by atheists who embrace a preoccupation with critiquing religiosity and tend to be socially unaware. This kind of mindset helps… Read more

August 3, 2016

The advent of the Black Lives Matter hashtag and the corresponding movement has inspired individuals, groups, and organizations to mobilize for racial justice—And not all taking part in this activism are people of color. A growing number of whites are choosing to take a stand and directly communicate with other whites on the pervasive role of racism in everyday life. I felt it important to highlight such an attempt at raising race consciousness through a new social media campaign called… Read more

July 29, 2016

Are you a die-hard Bernie Sanders supporter that simply can’t fathom voting for Hillary Clinton? Still have a bitter taste in your mouth despite Sanders remaining true to his word in endorsing the eventual Democratic nominee should he not win? If you’re one of the many who feel this way, you’re not alone. Sure, Sanders’ vision has made an indelible mark and he will continue to play a role in pushing Democrats further left—but dammit, something must be done to… Read more

July 22, 2016

Here’s an easy exercise: Go to Google and search “Jesus.” Then click images. What do you see? Exactly. The majority of the pictures found in the search results would have you believe this historical figure somehow resembled Jared Leto in all his majestic whiteness rather than what’s far more likely—a darker-skinned Galilean Semite with average features. Does this really matter? No, not in any significant way. So why use the term “white Jesus?” “White Jesus” is a double entendre emphasizing both… Read more

July 20, 2016

Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Alva Braziel. Three Black lives recently obliterated over the span of a mere five days by those sworn to aid citizens, not assassinate them. Sadly, if history is any predictor, countless more members of Black America will unjustly end up a trending hashtag on social media. I don’t want to spend too much time indicting the system that produces, allows, and then excuses police malfeasance that disproportionately affects people of color. We already know the very… Read more

June 28, 2016

Anyone remotely familiar with atheist literature has at least heard of Christopher Hitchens. Whether in print or during a debate, the late anti-theist provocateur had a habit of saying, “There can be no progress without confrontation.” This perspective reflects the stance social reformer Frederick Douglass articulated long before Hitchens or the rise of New Atheism. Douglas wrote: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want… Read more

June 9, 2016

I have been a part of the atheist movement since 2013. My journey to apostasy from being a self-described “Jesus Freak” proselytizing and leading church prayers has been an arduous one. For at least a year prior to becoming more public about my rejection of god beliefs, I suffered in silence or otherwise wrestled with hesitancy. I didn’t want to make waves. I was unsure of how to express my loss of faith. I feared what others would think since… Read more

May 23, 2016

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde (lesbian writer, poet, womanist, civil rights activist) Society relies heavily on narratives. From the most common among of us to those who declare themselves to be the sharpest knife in the drawer, themes regarding others and the world around us influences our perspectives. The problem is, this pervasive phenomenon is established and curated by majority rule—a tradition… Read more

April 26, 2016

I’m not your respectable negro… In many ways, I could be considered a “congenial” representative of Black atheism. However, at the same time, I’m the antithesis of the more kowtowing, line-toeing types. Succinctly, “respectability politics” denotes an attempt by individuals from marginalized groups to unduly compromise with themselves and culture in order to be harmoniously subsumed into mainstream values. I don’t quite operate that way. While I can be respectful and measured in my approach, it won’t be to the… Read more

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