Hollywood’s Lack of Inclusion, Homophobia, Open Carry Law, The Objectification of People With Disabilities: 6 Articles I’ve Been Reading This Week

From The New York Times: What It’s Really Like To Work In Hollywood* (If you’re not a straight white man)

“Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward.”

From Black Nerd Problems: 18 of The Most Important Voices of Color in Animation

“Talented actors and actresses of color have been voicing life into some of our favorite characters for years, many of whom we never even realized.

With characters of color already underrepresented in animation, these artists were behind the scenes all along, winning our love through their characters’ voices with little recognition of their own. Think you know them? Here are 18 of the most important voices of color in animation.”

From For Harriet: You’re Not “Conscious” If You’re a Homophobe

“As this clip from Umar Johnson demonstrates, many of the foremost leaders of the black community would attempt to prove that we (women and the LGBTQIA community) hate the opposite sex for being who we are. Johnson often speaks about “treating” people in the LGBTQIA community as if we have a disease. He also makes hateful comments toward single black mothers, saying that they “castrate black boys and wonder why they grow into gay men.”

However, despite his rampant homophobia and misogyny he claims to love all African American people. This fear lies in the inability to understand the contributions that LGBTQIA people and black women have made to the civil rights and black power movements.”

From Salon: Don’t teach “sensitive topics” or anger students, Houston professors are warned after “campus carry” gun law passed

“Jeff Villines argued that campus carry policies may have a chilling effect on the freedom of expression, silencing “discourse through fear of violence.”

“To be clear,” he wrote, “Step 1 of 3: Terrorism involves the silencing of discourse through fear of violence. Step 2 of 3: Open carry is advertised as a means of resisting or preventing terrorism. Step 3 of 3: Teachers advised that any problems with Open Carry can be resolved by silencing discourse.”

From Think Progress: This Pastor Is Sleeping Outside Until His Church Accepts LGBT People

“After he was brought up on charges by church officials for performing the same-sex union, Tupper pitched a tent outside the office of the man tasked with handling his case, hoping to dissuade him from prosecuting.

When the case ultimately moved forward, Tupper returned to Parchment, where he is now vowing to sleep outside his house for 175 consecutive nights in protest — no small feat in Michigan, where snow is a constant and where temperatures often drop to frigid levels in winter.”

From The Establishment: How Inspiration Porn Reporting Objectifies People with Disabilities

“Inspiration porn is a widespread problem in how the media reports on disability. There are many different versions…

Although frequently well-intentioned, the stories often objectify instead of building awareness around real issues or experiences.”


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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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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