Notes You May Have Missed Vol. 13

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.

On Communication: Duplicates Vs. Complements

“The role of duplicate can give validation and understanding to another; offering reassurance that one is not alone. Being, or being in the company of a person who is behaving as a duplicate can strengthen your resolve, and allows a person to feel supported.

At times, being, or being in the company of someone who is behaving as a duplicate can embolden a resolve that might not necessarily be the right one for us, such as reaffirming a prejudice or stereotype. It can also potentially hinder our growth, keeping us at a static point of being or belief.”

You Still Can’t Touch My Hair

“What I remember most is noticing how quiet it got while I was signing the receipt. I thought to myself “where did this guy go?” As I turned my head around to look for him I felt some resistance. This man had grabbed a few of my locs and begin to talk to me about how cool he thought they were.”

Sometimes, Even a Tow Truck Needs to be Towed: Lessons from Life’s Classroom

“…even in the process helping others, if we don’t take the proper time out to take care of ourselves, we too may find ourselves needing some extra assistance, due to lack of maintenance.”

An ACLU Documentary: Here’s to Flint 2016

““Here’s To Flint” is a searing documentary that examines the origins of the Flint water crisis and the determined efforts of Flint residents, activists and researchers to learn the truth about the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water.”

Thank you for your readership and sharing.


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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