The Global Rise of the Nones

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1352220850The_Rise_of_the_NonesThe world is changing.

Not in any noticeably vast steps, but rather in small increments. It is no longer okay to run political campaigns on overtly racist and denigrating announcements. It is no longer okay to run radio and television adverts singling out women in explicitly sexist and placist overtones. It is no longer okay to enforce a sectarian, theocratic-style mindset in politics and various streams of social mediums…oh, wait. The last one is still a work in-progress, but one that is actually progressing to a more enlightened state, though its advances are at a slow-churn, slightly navigating more and more away from the inertia of a religiosity-inclined collective consciousness.

Though true numbers will likely never be known due to fear of alienation (as… Continue reading

On Blackness (and to a minor degree, on ridiculing beliefs)

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BlackEnough4“When did you get smart?”

This was a question posed to me recently after I articulated my position on issues pertaining to both an ethical and religious matter. You would think that I’d take offense to such a query, however this is merely one of numerous instances I’ve been asked this very same thing in some form or another. Instead of taking it as an insult, I smiled, took it in stride and responded with, “I’ve always been smart. I just wasn’t always as aware, and the smarts I did possess in my youth, I masked.” My reply was partly in jest, unbeknownst to her. Regardless, she knows me from my teenage years and so left it at that.

She didn’t directly call my “Blackness”… Continue reading

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