It feels really weird being a woman of color and an atheist sometimes.
It’s like I’m expected to have a religion on one hand, but I don’t feel like subscribing to a colonizer religion… And the religions of my indigenous and African ancestors are far too out of reach…
I’m happy with my atheism and I’m tired of people looking at me as a villain because I don’t believe in a higher power… I also don’t want to be grouped in with asshole white atheists who attack religion.
Fellow atheist poc, where y’all at?
ohnoshesarejecter I definitely remember disassociating from religion as a POC because of it’s use as an oppressive tool. The struggle is definitely hard tho.
Explaining how Atheist perspectives can be humanizing and liberating, without dismissing the communal benefits cultures and communities get from their respective religions, requires research and mindfulness that doesn’t always get acknowledged (or at least given any attention in the neoliberal media image of atheism)
Most of the time when spirituality comes up I usually defer to the space of people discussing their practice and beliefs unless I am directly asked about my opinion. I do this because I recognize that even articulating my perspective can be very jarring and disruptive for the religious person with whom I am engaging.
White Libertarian Atheists who disrespect religions and deliberately ignore the class/racial elements behind belief definitely make being an atheist more difficult because they are oftentimes the most outspoken people in the public eye.
I’ve also seen leftist militant atheists relentlessly try to purge every element of religious culture out of their comrades and potential recruits which I think is far too apathetic and reckless of an approach.
I remember discussions about belief being virtually impossible for an atheist living in the south.
Our goal as POC Atheists I think is to make sure that people do not forget the human element in the discourse about belief. We also have to be explicitly intersectional and political as Atheists.