What is it like to be an African-American atheist
A short documentary explores the experience of being an atheist in a society that equates blackness with being a believer
From slavery to the civil rights era, to the enduring role of the church in community life, African-American history is deeply entwined with Christianity. An increasing number of black Americans are choosing to reject religion, but they remain a largely invisible minority in the face of media-reinforced stereotypes that presume that African-Americans will hold firm religious beliefs.
In this short documentary, filmmaker Darrin Johnson explores the status of atheism within African-American families and communities, and meets some non-believers from California about their experiences with breaking from religion.
It's a fascinating subject, and one that we have looked at previously in New Humanist – if the documentary captures your interest, take a look at the US journalist Jamila Bey's piece on her experiences as an African-American atheist.