Mission Statement

Founded in 2010, Black Skeptics Group (BSG) is a community-based, all volunteer, non-profit organization, that provides resources and education for non-believers, humanists and secularists of color. Black Skeptics Group is also committed to promoting the work of Black skeptics, freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, humanists and other skeptics through community outreach, education, and social justice initiatives. Black Skeptics Group provides a safe space for Black freethinkers who feel marginalized and unaccepted by Black and Latino faith communities. In 2012, Black Skeptics Group gained 501(c)3 status and Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA) became part of the Black Skeptics Group family.

What is Humanism and how is it relevant to people of color?

Secular Humanism is a belief system based on the view that humanity defines morals, ethics and notions of justice, as opposed to religious texts, dogma and tradition. Scientific inquiry and reason are the best vehicles for explaining the emergence of the universe and all life forms, rather than recourse to supernatural causes and explanations. Rather than privilege redemption or eternal reward in an afterlife, Humanism reveres human potential, ingenuity, and creativity in the here and now. Radical Humanism holds that religious hierarchies of race, gender, sexuality, and class are harmful to universal human rights and the self-determination of oppressed peoples. Radical Humanism in communities of color seeks to allow non-believers of color cultural legitimacy, visibility, and validity in the midst of an often hostile world view that perpetuates a narrow view of Black or Latino identity, and that women and the LGBTQ community are marginal or aberrant. Radical Humanism recognizes the inalienable human rights of all people to an equitable education, shelter, food, affordable health care, a clean, violence-free environment and a living wage job. It recognizes women’s inalienable right to self-determination vis-à-vis reproductive choice and family planning free of state intervention, authority and control. It recognizes the inherent morality of love between two consenting adults of all sexual orientations and genders as well as the value of LGBTQ identities.

Prominent historical African American freethinkers include Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, James Forman, A. Philip Randolph, and Hubert Harrison.