"Ralph, no matter who wrote it or the why or even being bigoted right winged or religious have to do with "our" goals of enlightenment. A persons views are not "Our" views but we are all in this together. I am not arguing a point,…"
"Pontius, thank you so much for your post. As a white British woman, I have had my reservations about this word but felt I was not part of the demographic whose opinion mattered. I hate the word and all it's connotations. I live in Liverpool,…"
"Eliot was a bigoted right-wing asshole, but he could write. But someone who deploys the N-word as a term of familiarity is going to impress other people as an ignorant jackass before the little else he has to say will be understood."
"I am glad to see this. I am ashamed of my self, because I have been pulled into the meme that perpetuates this. My black friends say the N word all of the time and over time I noticed that I was saying it around them in the same context as them and…"
"The people formerly known as...
Have written a paper on this very subject. As a person who lived through most of the end of segregation and living in the bible belt of the north, this word is not funny. I thought this young man summed it up quite…"
"I don't get the impression that "queer" is generally a derogatory word when used today.
I think it depends on age group, Smiling Eyes. There was a discussion about naming a new, consolidated BGLT group on A|N where a few people…"
"Yes it is. I'm his brother for anyone who doesn't see the resemblance. I'm better looking. lol
Many of the young men I work with in London gangs are increasingly becoming affiliated to radical Islam because Al Quaeda recruiters are…"
"I'm really glad my post has stimulated so much positive conversation. I'm glad to know I am not the only person who feels so stronly about the N word. In London young black men tend to use the term 'blud' as a term of endearment…"
"No problem man. Greydon Square has sold alot of records but I don't know if he gets played on many mainstream hip-hop radio stations. I know alot of folks like myself, who do dig quality hip-hop have 'come out' as atheists after…"
"Loved your reply, Baphomet. Thanks for giving your take on this. I agree that this style, used as it is here, would be very effective at reaching those very people we want to reach. I'm an old head. Do many young people listen to Greydon…"
"I love Def Jam poetry man. I tink poetry, especially this style of like performance poetry can hit people real hard wit a message. What I like about protest style poetry and freethought hip-hop is it gets through to people from a different…"
I am described by my friends as the strong sensitive type and I guess I am a rather quiet guy. Unless, however, you get me onto an issue that I am passionate about, for example; atheism, evolutionary theory, cosmology, racial equality, freedom of speech, gay rights, gun control, or how capitalism has gone too far. Although I dress street, listen to hip-hop and reggae music, am an ex-gang member, and play basketball many people do not consider me to be your typical black guy. Which brings me to the question what is your typical black guy supposed to be like? My black friends have called me a "coconut" because I am well educated, have abandoned street life in favour of a career as an Outreach Worker helping troubled teens, and don't smoke blunts when I wake up in the morning. If that makes me an "Uncle Tom Nigger" then so be it because I don't believe anyone should conform to stereotypes whether they be based on race, gender, or sexuality. These identities are mere constructions that seek to limit and control us. They are perpetrated by religions that seek white male heterosexual social control and a capitalist society that depends on these stereotypes for the benefit of mass consumption. I for one reject these constucted identies in favour of my own individuality. I'm a strong, sensitive, quiet, argumentative, bisexual, atheist, black male with a passion for justice and equality. I'm a also member of an on the rise anti-theistic group called The Anti- Injustice Movement (a.k.a. THE A.I.M.).
Hello. Welcome to Atheist Nexus from one ardent English atheist to another (check out My Profile and you will see).
I have been running a busy discussion group here since last September. It is called "Origins: Universe, Life, Earth, religion....etc".
Do try visiting and joining in. Terry (Oxford).
Pontius, welcome to Atheist Nexus. Be sure to check out the GROUPS page to find like-minded people.
I've started seven groups here, so please join any you think you might be interested in.
ARS POETICA is a group for those who love poetry, anyone who is just curious, and everyone in between.
LOVERS OF SHAKESPEARE is a group for fans of the Bard. Topics are open to just about anything Shakespeare.
HUMANE ATHEISTS is a group for people who are interested in trying to live a humane life by understanding the issues surrounding animal welfare.
ODDITORIUM is a group dedicated to the all that which is bizarre and unusual in the world.
CONSUMER ETHICS was created to help us understand how our purchasing power can help or harm the world around us.
THE KNIFE AND FORK is a group for anyone who has a strong interest or mild curiosity in food, cooking, eating, drinking, and nutrition.
HERCULANEUM: A PLACE FOR MEN is a group where men can discuss and explore the ideas, goals, demands, ethics, sexuality, and nature of manhood and masculinity. It is a place where we are free to be ourselves, and discuss the issues most important to our identities as men.