The Black Humanist Alliance (BHA) is an adjunct organization of the American Humanist Association. We are a platform dedicated to a more inclusive humanism.
African American atheists and freethinkers have a different trajectory from mainstream white atheists in the New Atheist movement. We come from communities that are still predominantly faith-based due to the legacies of capitalism, white supremacy, and racism. We live in a country where black lives — from that of Barack Obama to Trayvon Martin to Renisha McBride and Marissa Alexander – are actively devalued andthis nexus of disenfranchising conditions, most African American atheists don’t have the luxury/privilege to explicitly reject or repudiate religion because for some it symbolizes a rejection of community, culture and history.
Hence, some progressive black atheists and freethinkers recognize that traditional atheist issues like church/state separation and fighting creationism simply have no deep cultural relevance for black folk precisely because we are disproportionately impacted by egregious racial wealth gaps, segregation, mass incarceration, unemployment, and homelessness. Consequently, the black atheist lens has to be broader, more intersectional and more politicized than that of the mainstream.- See more
We live in a country where Black lives are actively devalued. In addition to concerning ourselves with confronting expressions of religious hegemony in public policy, the BHA prioritizes confronting social deprivations that disproportionately impact Black America as a consequence of anti-black racism woven into US culture.
Our commitment to realizing social progress is based on an embrace of human-derived reason, ethics, skepticism, and self-determination.