Jamila Bey wonders:
In the US African-Americans have the highest rates of incarceration, highest infant mortality rates and traditionally have held the highest unemployment rates. Yet we outrank every other group where piety and religiosity are concerned. Unlike others who may say, “My ethnicity is X, and our religious tradition is Y, but I personally choose to not adhere to those beliefs”, when I declare my non-belief my group identity is impugned. I am asked if I believe myself to be “better than”, or merely told that I wish I were white.
This month the group African-Americans For Humanism is running a national ad campaign (above); Michel Martin interviewed Alix Jules of the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason about his participation.