OmoIgbo is a Black female atheist who’s trying to understand how she ended up in that (extremely) tiny demographic given that her family and friends remain religious. (She came from a Pentecostal family, where church services are intense, to say the least.)
We all have personal stories of what led us away from religion, but in an attempt to make her experience more universal, OmoIgbo boils it down to a combination of factors including space away from her family, introspection, a desire to learn things outside her bubble, and more.
I think space away from family is very beneficial to one’s paradigm shift. The moment i moved away from my family it took me less than two years to stop caring about religion. for about 8 years while I was away I lied to my parents that I was still going to church. They would ask me what the sermon was on any given Sunday. I usually came up with some BS sermon. Long story short, I’m an atheist and everyone in my life knows. I don’t have to lie anymore. My coming out was easier than I thought it would be. I haven’t gotten any rejection from my siblings and parents. My dad is a Pentecostal pastor in Kenya. I can’t go toe to toe with him on why he believes only because he’s ailing a bit. Anyhow.
Showing my bias, I have always been astonished at how African Americans could be bible thumpers. It is like blacks for trump or women for Trump. I have had the privilege of meeting a number of black athiests and one, a black Muslim woman. Imagine how strong and brave she needs to be??
More power to her! I used to get drunk and cry about it. I had failed myself and also failed my god. Get serious and also get back to the bible. In the end too much bible study showed me that it was all made up. Pentecostalism like all religions is a myth.