Mr. Randolph in his day suffered harassment, condemnation and discrimination on several fronts: as an African-American, a socialist, and an atheist. To this day it is perhaps his atheism that has most kept him, sadly at the hands of his own community, from gaining the stature and receiving the recognition in proportion to the significance of his role as a leader in the civil rights movement.
As Ayanna Watson, founder of Black Atheists of America, Inc. points out: "Religion is a large part of the black American culture, hence it is extremely difficult for black atheists to be open about their stance regarding religion. Unfortunately, it is viewed as turning your back on your culture."
Alienation from family members and friends and being seen as disrespecting one's own heritage is commonly experienced by black atheists. Religion driven homophobia rampant in the black church subjects black LGBT individuals to similar experiences.
But don't hold your breath waiting for her Holiness (New! now with Dalai holy Lama scarf) Krista Tippett and On Being to point out anything even mildly negative about the noxious role religion has played and continues to play in people's everyday lives.
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