“No Dark Clothes, No Hoodies”

This isn’t freedom. This is bondage. But this is where we are.

I went from anger to compassion after watching this. Although no amount of “respectability” can protect us from racial profiling, I have to remember that he’s talking about his attempts at survival for his sons.

How many other black children in America were/are taught this? How many of us have been taught this?

This is what racism does. This is what victim blaming does.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, 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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