Notes You May Have Missed Vol. 10

Published on the last Thursday of each month, Notes You May Have Missed features selected notes from the past and present.

These notes serve as an introduction for new readers of N.A.H. and as a recap for regular visitors.

The Results Are In: Racism is Present in the Ferguson Police Department

“These policing practices disproportionately harm African American residents.”

“Our view of the evidence found no alternative explanation for the disproportionate impact on African Americans other than implicit or explicit, racial bias; no other basis.”

“Use of dogs by Ferguson Police appears to have been exclusively reserved for African Americans. In every case in which Ferguson police records recorded the race of a person bit by a police dog, that person was African American.”

“Although some community perception of Michael Brown’s tragic death may not have been accurate, the widespread conditions that these perceptions were based upon, and the climate that gave rise to them, were all too real.”

—Attorney General Eric Holder


Non-Religious Belief ≠ Lack of Morality

“In my experience Christianity is often assumed, and admitting that one is not Christian, and living it out does not go without its consequences, one being for me at least, that it is sometimes difficult to find community, even within communities of color because of it.”


On Death Denial

“I’ve been told that growing old is not for the faint of heart. I’ve also been told that we live in a death denying society. The more I think about it, and the more lived experiences I gain, the more I am able to find truth in each of those statements.

While we’ve had some incredible technological advancements that serve to assist us with prolonging life and the quality of life, growing older, and ultimately dying are also stigmatized in society. From “anti-aging” products to surgical treatments and more, there seems to be a high demand for a cure for what ails us: our mortality.”


Think Before You Shop: On Gendered Marketing

“This video on gendered marketing practices can change the way you think about shopping in the future. It’s a good resource to spark further critical thought and exploration about the social construction of gender, its impact on our experiences, how our adherence to the rules can be exploited, and more.”

Thank you for your readership and sharing.

Ubuntu,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones

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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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