He wasn’t Black, he was Indonesian, Muslim and into the punk scene.
He had some rough edges but that’s a lot better than believing I’d hex him if he forgot my birthday.
He knew about my religion – I make it a point to get that out of the way first so any reactions, whether good or bad, can be had and I get a glimpse of what my future will be like.
Like many other online groups, experienced members are often helpful to newbies when the new members express genuine interest and respect for the group.
It's one thing for a teen whose parents are supportive of Wicca (they may be Wiccans themselves), but it can be very difficult for a teenager who doesn't have adult support. Some parents may be outright hostile and believe that witchcraft is akin to devil worship.
If this is the Black perception overall, imagine the chance of having a normal Black-Black relationship.
I don’t have a rolodex of relationships to speak of for I’m not really the dating sort.
Not all Black Christians go into freak-out mode when they meet someone who doesn’t hail a cross but they’re not really the norm.
For now, there really isn’t any room for Black Pagans and whatever room we do have to express our opinions and faith is incredibly limited within Black culture and we’re barely a blip in the Black mindset, we are the “other”.
For these teens, having a safe haven to discuss and learn about Wicca is important, but keep in mind that living at home as a minor often comes with a lack of freedom in certain areas.