Leaving Jesus: Women of Color Beyond Faith

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The relative dearth of secular humanist and freethought traditions amongst women of color cannot be separated from the broader context of white supremacy, gender politics, and racial segregation.

2016: The Empire Strikes Back

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Sikivu Hutchinson: If President Obama squanders the energy and direction of this newly galvanized constituency with more corporate toadyism and welfare for the super-rich 2012 will be the last gasp before 2016’s full court GOP insurgency

Newest Spectator Sport: Black Women Bashing

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Sikvu Hutchinson: As the poorest, least compensated women in the workforce, women of color suffer disproportionately from the dismantling of reproductive health care.

“Praying Away the Gay” Gets the Smackdown

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Sikivu Hutchinson: By banning so-called gay teen conversion therapy with his approval of SB 1172, California Governor Jerry Brown smacked down the forces of homophobic bigotry, psychological terrorism, and flat earth anti-science idiocy.

Massa Mitt Does South of the Border

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Romney’s shucking and jiving about possible political gain from being Latino, while promoting nativist anti-undocumented immigrant policies that criminalize all Latinos regardless of citizenship status, attests to the business-as-usual racism of 21st century post-racial America.

Trailer Trash Fantasy League

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Given the fever pitch xenophobia, nativism and anti-undocumented immigrant hysteria in the U.S., it is no surprise that the Anaheim school’s Seniores event was allowed to roll on for three years with virtually no incident or protest.

Beyond Starship Enterprise: Racism, Sexism, & the Science Pipeline

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Sikivu Hutchinson: As the most disproportionately suspended, expelled and special education assigned group in the nation black males have targets on their backs.

The Romney Chronicles: Partying Like It’s 1865

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Suckle the masses on the belief that having a choice of one hundred pair of Nike shoes is democracy and you’ll have them for a penny or a trashy reality show.

Homophobe Black Pastors Brand Obama Judas

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Sikivu Hutchinson: By fingering Obama as a Judas to black religious interests Owens will find plenty of common ground with fellow Christian fascists in the Tea Party.

Wages of White Affirmative Action: Predatory Lending & The Ghetto

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Sikivu Hutchinson: While homebuyers of color were essentially taxed for being black or brown; white homebuyers “bootstrapped” their way to the American dream with lower interest rates and better terms handed to them by the big banks.

Massa Mitt Pisses and Calls it Rain

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Sikivu Hutchison:Massa “I’ll piss on you Negroes from a great height and call it rain” Mitt shoulda been run out on a rail instead of booed at the recent NAACP convention.

The GOP’s Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The contrast between the immigrant trajectory of seized opportunity (and earned citizenship) versus the resident black population’s essential otherness, is a subtext of the GOP’s anti-government platform.

The Uppity Negress & the O.G.s

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In a 2000-plus word article about the social justice outreach and scholarship of non-believers of color seems the O.G.s were most riled about the Negress’ wack critique of white supremacy and scientism in the Kumbaya atheist nation.

“Return” of the Welfare Queens: Feminism, Secularism, Anti-Racism

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In the American imagination, Black women are the poster children for disreputable irresponsible motherhood and Latina “illegals” a close second.

Fifth Annual Youth Media Education and Leadership Conference — May 31

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Youth Media Education and Leadership Conference, Thursday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Loker Student Union, Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Silence Still Equals Death: Sexual Violence and Young Women of Color

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Until we change the self-hating mindset of many young black women, silence—as the HIV/AIDS activist saying goes—does equal death.

Onward White Christian Terrorists

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Although no one was injured in the attack, the fascist demonization of Planned Parenthood by inciters like Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney continues to put women’s lives in the line of fire; in an era of vanishing clinics and mounting violence.

Trayvon Martin: White Picket Fences, White Innocence

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Fifty-seven years after Emmett Till was lynched in the name of white womanhood, the murder of Trayvon Martin—a beautiful son, friend, and prospective college student—is yet another testament to the terror of white picket fence innocence.

Decriminalizing Truancy in LA’s School System

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In what parallel universe does a low-income student, a homeless student or a student in foster care afford a $250 ticket for truancy?

God’s Body, God’s Plan: The Komen Foundation Furor and Abortion as Black/Latino “Genocide”

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Religious Right charlatans who preach an anti-government mantra are vociferously opposed to progressive health care, birth control, foster care and school discipline policies, as well as to repealing racist sentencing laws and prisoner reentry policies.

Faith Pimps, Secular Conspiracies

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Sikivu Hutchinson: This political season militant GOP appeals to white Christian evangelicals have veered into neo-Cold War hysteria.

The Christian Fascists’ Personhood Campaign

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Ever immune to morality, reason, church-state separation precedents and an understanding of the basic laws of biology, the most flat earth reactionary segment of the pro-death anti-choice movement wants to circumvent constitutional protections for abortion by conferring personhood on fertilized eggs.

Teenaged Nightmare: Violent Masculinity and Young Women of Color

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Anti-feminist messages that a girl or woman is “nothing” without a man still pervade mainstream American culture with particularly insidious effect on teen girls of color.

LAUSD’s Apartheid Hall of Shame: A View from the Classroom

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Black kids spend more time in the dean’s office, more time being opportunity transferred to other campuses and more time in and out of juvenile detention facilities; regardless of whether they come from “Leave it to Beaver” homes, foster care or homeless shelters.

LAUSD’s Apartheid Hall of Shame (Part One)

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In a district where black students are already presumed guilty until proven innocent, Gardena High School’s racially lopsided awards ceremony was not only criminal, it was yet another indication of how black students are still being systematically discarded, held hostage not only by blatant push-out strategies but by bogus reform that straightjackets children of color with one-size-fits-all bromides. Where is the outrage?

Bad “Bitches”, True Women

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Sikivu Hutchinson: As Middle America shuffles out of its hangover from the Casey Anthony trial and into the debt ceiling morass, the war on women has been fueled by an insidious 21st century cult of true womanhood.

American Family Values, Invisible Lives

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The numbers of LGBT families of color are increasing, especially in traditionally conservative regions like the South, which has seen a new black “re-migration” due to the massive ripple effect of job losses, foreclosures and gentrification in northern urban black communities.

Dangerous Distortions: Anti-Abortion Fascists and Third World Allies

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Sikivu Hutchinson and Diane Arellano: As with the abortion-as-black-genocide billboards unleashed by the far right Radiance Foundation, the Latino billboards evoke reductive hyper-religious narratives of sinning promiscuous bad women and “breeder” good women.

Return of the ‘Right Hand of God’

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Reed has sought to wed the Tea Party’s political momentum with the considerable grassroots apparatus of the Christian right.

Black Atheists in the Pulpit

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Congregants of Zion Hill Baptist Church in South Los Angeles probably thought Pastor Seth Pickens was certifiable when he proposed a community dialogue with the L.A. Black Skeptics Group.

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