Notes You May Have Missed Vol. 5
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.
“To me, part of working to be an ally involves listening to the issues and not dictating the argument….In this space, it’s not a matter of whether I’m “right” or not, as much as it’s a matter of I don’t get to decide that.”
“For me, that article served as another reminder of how important it is to treat others how they want to be treated, and not how we would want to be treated, because what might work for us might not work for someone else…But more often than not, I feel that we can have a tendency to project our realities and belief systems onto others in unhelpful ways, no matter our good intentions.”
“I was recently approached by one of my readers who happens to be a person of color and is in the process of deciding whether or not to loc his hair. He was excited about the possibility of going through with the process, however one thing stands in the way of whether or not he will follow through:
How his appearance will be perceived in the workplace, particularly by people in authority.“
“We may have the degrees, we may have the training, but it doesn’t mean that we have all the answers. In Social Justice Work, much more is required.”
Thank you for your readership and sharing.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW