From Javon Johnson: “Cuz He’s Black”

A powerful piece of spoken word from poet Javon Johnson.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW



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I’m a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities.

“Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian” is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. There are no words . . . that even begin to describe this reality . . . and yet, I know we must try to keep this conversation going so that one day this is just our never-forgotten history. How masterful and elegant Javon Johnson is . . . to have us laughing with him one moment and heartbroken the next.Thank you for sharing his video. I am happy to pass it along and note once again how you are changing our world . . . . one blog post, one video, on call to action at a time. Thank you.

    • Through this piece of poetry, Javon really taps into conversations and experiences that are all to familiar in communities of color. These are conversations that have been had with me, that I’ve had to have with others, and that I will continue to be had in the future, in spite of “post-racial” claims and other ideas of feigned progress. Thank you for being supportive and for spreading this piece along to others to keep the conversation going and hopefully, to begin to move and change some of the hearts and minds of those who perpetuate and benefit from racism in all its forms.

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