Religion or Liberation: Black Atheists Say, Choose One!
New Billboard Campaign Charges Religion as White Supremacy, and advocates for TRUE Liberation
The organization also charges that said beliefs are a hindrance to liberation from oppressive systems, which can derail progress for our communities.
"Christianity was definitely a useful tool for enslavers," says Black Nonbelievers Founder and President, Mandisa Thomas. "It conditioned us to accept harsh treatment and oppression and even gave us a way to view that acceptance as godly behavior. We were trained to 'serve our earthly masters' as a proxy of how earnestly we would serve our 'heavenly master' - all while we waited for justice and our reward in the next life."
Co-sponsored by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, the new billboards are displayed near I-75/85 at Langford Parkway, and Peachtree Road, near Piedmont Hospital.
"One major concern to many of us is how much the Black community still tightly holds on to Christianity in particular,"
"We understand that this is a tough ask. It may be difficult to accept the complicity. But given the history of Christianity - especially as it relates to Black community - we must address it. We are ready."
Black Nonbelievers is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Headquartered in the Atlanta area, they connect with other Blacks (and allies) who are living free of religion and might otherwise be shunned by family and friends, in a caring, festive, and informative environment. Instead of accepting dogma, Black Nonbelievers determines truth and morality through reason and evidence.