Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Black, Female, and Without God

It was her freshman year of college that Jeanetta Smith came to the conclusion that there was no God. "I started taking a Philosophy course and when the subject of God came up, I honestly didn't even know it was up for debate. The notion of there being 'no God at all' just completely threw me for a loop," 19-year-old Jeanetta explains. "But eventually, my mind broadened and I began to listen. For me, everything just made more sense without a God."

As Jeanetta began to explore her new beliefs she started a YouTube channel to give voice to a nearly invisible population of atheists -- African-American females. Jean's Take is a web series where Jeanetta openly discusses her beliefs with other YouTube users. Her channel has grown in popularity and now has over 2,000 subscribers. Yet despite her outspoken views online, there was one important group of people who didn't know about Jeanetta's beliefs - her parents.

"I really was unsure of how I would bring it up. I was thinking something along the lines of 'The next time she asks me if I want to go to church with them, I'll break it to them right then & there.' I always ended up chickening out though," Jeanetta said.

She never got the chance to break the news herself. Instead, in her most popular YouTube video, Jeanetta shares the story of how her mother found out she was atheist via Facebook, and the subsequent silent treatment she had to endure while her mother dealt with the shock.

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