Can hip-hop help Humanism? Monica Miller on African American atheism and white privilege
Can hip-hop and a history lesson help improve discussions about race among atheists?
In “Humanism and/in Hip-Hop,” a new course offered through The Humanist Institute, Dr. Monica Miller argues that all atheists can learn by looking to hip-hop and African American Humanism.
“Hip-hop and Humanism are both distinct areas of research in my work,” said Miller, Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Lehigh University and author of Religion and Hip Hop. “But, as it turns out, there are a number of shared sensibilities that cut across each.”
Miller, who also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Humanist Studies, spoke with me about what all atheists can learn from hip-hop and African American Humanism—and how white atheists can do a better job of not only discussing white privilege and racism, but actively addressing them.