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Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In Godless Americana, author Sikivu Hutchinson challenges the myths behind Americana images of Mom, Apple pie, white picket fences, and racially segregated god-fearing Main Street USA. In this timely essay collection, Hutchinson argues that the Christian evangelical backlash against Women’s rights, social justice, LGBT equality, and science threatens to turn back the clock ...more
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Published May 10th 2013 by Infidel Books (first published May 4th 2013)
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Black Freethinkers
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ALL
Godless Americana is definitely a MUST READ!

Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson is masterful at presenting the facts, precept upon precept, of secular social justice, white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, capitalism, economic injustice, and global imperialism.

Dr. Hutchinson expertly dissects the dismantling of the American public education system, the school to prison piepline, and the failure of charter schools. Dr. Hutchinson's Women's Leadership Project (WLP) is a fine example of feminist civic engage
Tamara Harris
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Black people are not a monolith. We are not the same in the way we live, the way we love or the way we worship. In fact, quiet as it’s kept; many of us don’t worship at all. Increasingly, African Americans, along with other people of color, are turning away from religious dogma and the oppressions—including sexism, racism, classism and homophobia—it can abet. Much credit has been given to the church for its role in civil rights movements. In Godless Americana, Sikivu Hutchinson examines the flip ...more
Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels by Sikivu Hutchinson

“Godless Americana" is an eye-opening passionate critique of the current socioeconomic struggle faced by people of color. It also exposes the role white Christian nationalism has in vilifying urban communities. It's a quest for how Humanism can be relevant to such communities. You may not agree with everything Dr. Hutchinson has to offer but we can no longer afford to be uninformed of the circumstances that have negatively and unfa
Alyson Miers
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Friends, countryfolk, students of secularism, direct your attention this way, please. Grab your lined notebooks and pens and take a seat facing the board. It is time for the lessons you didn't get in high school, or for that matter in college. Sikivu Hutchinson's new book, Godless Americana, will offer you the history, sociology, psychology and social studies you've been missing while asking why black people in America are so invested in the supposed religion of their oppressors. Buckle your sea ...more
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this follow-up to her excellent book Moral Combat, Sikivu Hutchinson leaves no political stone unturned and no sacred cow unscathed. From the white nationalist shenanigans of the Religious Right to the delusion of American exceptionalism and neo-liberal assaults on public education, Hutchinson gives us a bracing and provocative vision of humanism that puts the half-baked "We are the World-isms" of most humanist books to shame. I was especially intrigued by her dissection of “mainstream” (yes ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sikivu's Americana will have you musing at the space contemporary cultural characters like Honey Boo Boo occupy and in the next breathe, have you ponder the true intentions and operative strategies of political heavy weights such as Newt Gingrich.

Godless Americana is a thoughtful and beautifully written book on the broader cultural climate people of color live in. It is also, at the same time, the lens from which people of color see through. This book is the articulation of complicated daily neg
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sikivu Hutchinson's latest critical assault on unreason, intolerance, ignorance, and injustice in America is just as viscerally hard-hitting and intellectually satisfying as her 2011 effort, "Moral Combat".

"Godless Americana" picks up where "Moral Combat" leaves off, shifting the analytic focus from Black Christian culture to White Christian, but maintaining the theme of the necessity of grass-roots culturally relevant humanism to effect social change in America. Dr Hutchinson's superb research
Provides a much needed analysis about atheism, race, gender, and class inequality. Hutchinson: "Contrary to what some atheists believe, the need for religion will not simply evaporate when the masses get a steady diet of reason, science, and logic....Unless structural inequality is radically redressed, religious belief amongst the disenfranchised peoples, both globally and within the US, will continue to thrive." This is to me one the main points of the book, and it is why Hutchinson's should be ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recently read Godless Americana and I was profoundly enlightened by it. As an African immigrant, I had no idea of the magnitude, complexity and depth of the relationship between religion, race, immigration, gender, sexual orientation and class in the United States. Dr. Hutchinson is a like a surgeon who cuts deep into the psychology & sociology of religion, and its impact on race & culture, with precision, logic, flare and acidic wit.

She highlighted an interesting problem among immigrants of
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels is a pointed and necessary resource for both public and academic discourses to better understand the experience of secular people of color forging visibility in the battle of social justice. Secular activists of color are rendered invisible and improbable within the community politics of religious institutions and predominately white humanist and secular institutions. These institutions response to secular activism among people of color contributes to ...more
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
It has been said the most segregated part of American life is Sunday Services at Church. The same can be said strangely enough about Secularism. Secularism based on enlightenment universality and humanism has a hard time reaching humans of color. Atheist events look a lot like the convening of Mormon elders White, Male, Heterosexual, Affluent, even middle aged. Religion has often been a solace of people of color but it is also a buttress of racism and the capitalist order and reason should be a ...more
Marsha Butler
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ALL

In her new book, Godless Americana, Sikivu Hutchinson engages us in a relentless examination of the insidious cloak of Christian evangelicalism that threatens to snuff out race, gender, and sexual equality. She skewers the hypocritical Dick-and-Jane mentality of white society, which belie the very morals trumpeted with sanctimonious regularity from pulpits across America. A highly, articulate, singular voice among radical humanists, Dr. Hutchinson’s superlative intellectualism resounds loudly an
Noah Wiles
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are a few points made throughout this book that I currently don't agree with. However, being fully aware of how much I am still ignorant of, this was not a problem for me. It has simply inspired me to continue seeking deeper understandings.

On the whole though, this book gave me the same experience as I had with the Carl Sagan book; Demon Haunted World. It was so dense with important information and valuable insights I found myself flagging almost every page as one I needed to be sure to re
Sara Sharick
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think the phenomena of theism and atheism are just about whether any gods or goddess exist or not, and not about social conditions, read this book, along with Dr. Hutchinson's Moral Combat. You will be irrevocably awakened.
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Excellent book, unsettling to read. Lots of powerful points. I don't think she makes her case cleanly in all areas, but worthwhile reading and thinking about.
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Sikivu Hutchinson @sikivuhutch is an author and playwright. Her books include Imagining Transit: Race, Gender and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles; Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics and the Values Wars; Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels and White Nights, Black Paradise.

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