About Sikivu Hutchinson

Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D. is a senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. She is the author of "Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles," "Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, the Values Wars and the forthcoming Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels," and the recently released book "Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels."

April 11 & 12th: Abortion on Demand & Without Apology

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Abortion rights are in a state of emergency, and headed for disaster. Already, women in this country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort by inserting sharp objects in their vaginas, taking pills, asking their boyfriends to beat them up, and more.

Thank God for Abortion: What’s At Stake For Black Women

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Then, as now, mainstream pro-choice activists ceded the moral high ground to the anti-abortion regime, wavering between whether to frame abortion as a matter of personal choice or as an inalienable right.

Ida B. Wells, Feminist Public Menace

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Sikivu Hutchinson: There is little mainstream feminist discourse linking black women’s historical erasure with their criminalization; no women’s rights outrage over how the disfigurement of black women’s image buttresses mass incarceration.

My Brothers Keeper Initiative

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Unless the District makes a concerted effort to train and staff highly qualified teachers at high-need schools and promote a culture of high expectations for African American and Latino students, the roll-out will only deepen the race/class disparities in Los Angeles.

Who Wants to Be a Rocket Scientist? Race, Gender and the STEM Divide

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Put bluntly, in an era in which affirmative action has been viciously discredited and all but gutted by both the Right and neo-liberal “Left”, young African Americans are less educated than older African Americans.

Atheists Support L.A. Pastor Who Faces “Tribunal” for LGBT Advocacy

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Black Homophobia Myth: After publishing “The 10 Reasons I Love LGBTQ folk” , Pickens came under fire from church officials.

In Praise of Black Women Teachers

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Black Women Teachers: Exemplary black teachers’ dedication to community is rarely highlighted in mainstream representations of teaching.

Airbrushing Race Out of Income Inequality

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Race Income Inequality — Pundits assiduously avoid the role institutional racism and white supremacy play in economic injustice.

Hollywood’s Tea Party

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Blacks in Hollywood — For many people of color, going to 21st century movies is a soul-sucking exercise in seeing power through white eyes.

The Souls of Black Boys

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African American College Statistics — Black boys are suspended and expelled at higher rates for lesser offenses than are white students.

Jonestown at 35: Why Did So Many Black Women Die?

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Numerous surveys have touted the decline of American religiosity within the past decade and yet, in an era of black economic depression, the need to be devout or churched-up has not diminished for most African-American women, despite the often patriarchal, heterosexist orientation of the Black Church.

In Cold Blood: The Murder of Renisha McBride

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Sikivu Hutchinson: McBride’s murder underscores how gender, race and segregation intersect in the everyday experiences of black women as policed female bodies

Sisterhood Ain’t Powerful: White Women’s Rights

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Black feminists are especially rankled by white women’s shopworn white supremacist resistance to even identifying themselves as white.

Blacks in STEM: Stereotype Busting & College Pipelining: November 14th

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On Thursday, November 14th at Gardena High at 11:00, seminar participants will discuss college preparation, admission, mentoring, retention, confronting discrimination and their path to graduation.

The Trouble with Those Atheists

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The performance of religious fervor reconfirmed what I’d already known about black women’s organizing—namely, that social justice through faith-based communities was still the foundation for not just activism, but identity, self-affirmation and self-determination.

The War Against Black Children

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Coming from backgrounds of abuse, incarceration, foster care and homelessness, these youth are already written off as budding welfare queens and baby mamas.

Fighting the Brutal Crackdown on Reproductive Health Care

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The current climate of Christian fascist anti-abortion terrorism is a mortal threat to communities of color and all working class people nationwide.

Creepy Crackers n’ Shucking Toms

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Although it’s never stopped being open season on black folk in America the Beautiful, the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act, its partial smackdown of affirmative action and the happy times for George Zimmerman defense trial signal that the gloves are off again.

Walking on the “Wild Side”: “20 Feet From Stardom” & the Black Female Gaze

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Using Lou Reed’s homage as its introduction, white director Morgan Neville’s bittersweet documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” attempts to bring black female back-up singers into the foreground with both moving and problematic effect.

Congratulations First in the Family Humanist Scholars!

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Black Skeptics Los Angeles spearheaded its First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative, which focuses on providing resources to undocumented, foster care, homeless and LGBTQ youth who will be the first in their families to go to college.

Faith and Fraud in “The Undershepherd”

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Set in Los Angeles under luminous blue skies, the film provides a window onto the cesspit of thug religiosity.

Mad Science or School-to-Prison? Criminalizing Black Girls

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In many American classrooms, black children are treated like ticking time bomb savages, shoved into special education classes, disproportionately suspended and expelled then warehoused in opportunity schools, juvenile jails and adult prisons.

Prison House of Textbook History: Remembering the Chicano Blowouts

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In the march of great Western liberal democratic traditions there were no textbook portrayals of the homegrown activism in our own communities or link between the apartheid legacy of the past and its echoes in the present.

Defense of Marriage: Racism, Family Values, and the 99%

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Living in a culture in which they are reminded daily of their non-existence by a white supremacist heterosexist nation that deifies straight white beauty ideals and views affordable housing as a privilege, some LGBT homeless youth of color resort to destructive behaviors like survival sex and drug abuse.

School-to-Prison & White Post-Racial Privilege

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Even as President Obama forges ahead with a more “liberal” second-term agenda, the administration’s robber baron race-to-the-bottom corporate education policy and its indifference to the scourge of mass incarceration underscore the lie of the American dream.

Shakespeare in Watts: Teacher Activist Melanie Andrews

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Washington Prep is the little school that could. We have won over forty awards in theatre competition. I found kids who were hungry to do theatre.

Code Red Homophobia: Homelessness, HIV and Black Religiosity

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Every year, thousands of Black LGBT people are displaced from their homes, families, churches, and communities due to their sexuality, gender, gender identity, and gender expression. This has resulted in a mass influx of homeless youth on the streets of Los Angeles and other cities throughout the nation.

Rape, American Style

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Last month’s barbaric gang rape and murder of a 23-year old female student on a bus in Delhi, India was a stark reminder of this violent silence and the global expendability of poor women of color in so-called democratic societies.

Nice White Boys Next Door

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Sikivu Hutchinson: When you’ve been suckled on Ozzie and Harriet, its “hard” to have your whiteness referenced as a source of violence; especially by people of color.

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