Jean is 18 but she just discovered she’s an atheist.
It’s heartbreaking and exciting at the same time to watch her say this.
It might be because we know it’s one of the first times she’s ever said, “I’m an atheist.” It’s almost as if you can see her trying to comprehend it herself as she’s making the video:
That was a couple days ago. Now, the tougher question: Should she tell the parental units?
I don’t think she needs to tell them right now. Go to college, move out, make sure you’re not dependent on them before dropping the potential bombshell.
It’s hard enough to become an atheist when you come from a church-going family. I imagine it must be even harder when you’re African-American and church is such a big part of the black community.
She’ll be ok… but it takes a while to realize what you’ve been told about God all your life is really just superstition. The process of discovering atheism for yourself is powerful, though, and if Jean can do that for herself, I’m sure she’s capable of handling the aftermath of her realization.