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{{Cquote|[http://www.gallup.com/poll/148361/Religion-Party-Strongly-Linked-Among-Whites-Not-Blacks.aspx Past studies] of African Americans and faith show that at they are demographically (87 percent) the most religious group in the nation. Additionally, [https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/black-women-are-among-countrys-most-religious-groups/2012/07/06/gJQA0BksSW_story.html other studies] have shown that 87 percent of black women rank as the most religious in America. Additionally, she notes, “the number of blacks and other ‘minorities’ who openly identify as atheist, while growing, are still small.”<ref>[What It’s Like to Be Black and Atheist], Daily Beast, 2017</ref>}}
 
{{Cquote|[http://www.gallup.com/poll/148361/Religion-Party-Strongly-Linked-Among-Whites-Not-Blacks.aspx Past studies] of African Americans and faith show that at they are demographically (87 percent) the most religious group in the nation. Additionally, [https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/black-women-are-among-countrys-most-religious-groups/2012/07/06/gJQA0BksSW_story.html other studies] have shown that 87 percent of black women rank as the most religious in America. Additionally, she notes, “the number of blacks and other ‘minorities’ who openly identify as atheist, while growing, are still small.”<ref>[What It’s Like to Be Black and Atheist], Daily Beast, 2017</ref>}}
 
=== Black atheists and loneliness ===
 
=== Black atheists and loneliness ===
 
''See also:'' [[Western atheism and race]]  and [[Atheism and loneliness]]
 
 
[[File:Jamila Bey.jpg|thumbnail|200px|right|[[Jamila Bey]] ]]  
 
[[File:Jamila Bey.jpg|thumbnail|200px|right|[[Jamila Bey]] ]]  
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''See also:'' [[Western atheism and race]]  and [[Atheism and loneliness]]
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[[National Public Radio]] interviewed the African-American atheist [[Jamila Bey]] and the host of the interview said:
 
[[National Public Radio]] interviewed the African-American atheist [[Jamila Bey]] and the host of the interview said:
 
{{cquote|...for a couple of centuries, African-American culture has been imbued with [[Christianity]]. The church figured prominently in both the [[abolition]]ist and [[civil rights]] movements. And today in many communities, the Christian church continues to be the nucleus of black life.
 
{{cquote|...for a couple of centuries, African-American culture has been imbued with [[Christianity]]. The church figured prominently in both the [[abolition]]ist and [[civil rights]] movements. And today in many communities, the Christian church continues to be the nucleus of black life.

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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: "I Have a Dream" (1963)

Vice News declares:

The 60s Civil Rights Movement has closely been linked with religion: Malcolm Little didn't become Malcolm X and then el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz without Islam, and Martin Luther King Jr. often has "reverend" prefixed on his name. Churches have long been the black community's safe space in a Eurocentric nation, and even the Black American National Anthem—which, by virtue of being a "national anthem," is supposed to be a holistic proclamation of a population's hopes—has strong Christian overtones. So to most people, you're not black and religious, because to be black in America is to be religious.

But the States are still centered on Judeo-Christian beliefs, so black atheists face additional isolation. Being a black atheist gives white believers looking to discriminate another thing to hate, because "Christianity is American." Being a black atheist also makes them an anomaly to the black theist majority. And while the predominantly white atheist groups might welcome a black face, many black atheists feel their voices are obscured. Black atheist must find a way to navigate these issues while living in a country that isn't exactly inclusive towards them.[1]

Black atheism

See also: Black atheism

As far as black atheism, in 2017, the article What It’s Like to Be Black and Atheist published in The Daily Beast, states:

Past studies of African Americans and faith show that at they are demographically (87 percent) the most religious group in the nation. Additionally, other studies have shown that 87 percent of black women rank as the most religious in America. Additionally, she notes, “the number of blacks and other ‘minorities’ who openly identify as atheist, while growing, are still small.”[2]

Black atheists and loneliness

See also: Western atheism and race and Atheism and loneliness

National Public Radio interviewed the African-American atheist Jamila Bey and the host of the interview said:

...for a couple of centuries, African-American culture has been imbued with Christianity. The church figured prominently in both the abolitionist and civil rights movements. And today in many communities, the Christian church continues to be the nucleus of black life.

So, what about the black nonbelievers? It's one isolating experience, according to Jamila Bey.[3]

See also

References

  1. Black Atheists Explain What It's Like to Be a 'Double Minority'
  2. [What It’s Like to Be Black and Atheist], Daily Beast, 2017
  3. Black Atheists Say Non-Belief Means Cultural Outsider, NPR, May 28, 201012:00 PM ET