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.

On Being Called Out: Shut Up And Listen, Or, Resistance Is A Choice

“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.”

Is Saying “Everything Happens For A Reason” Helpful Or Harmful? My Answer: It Depends On Who You’re Talking To

“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.”

Reader’s Choice: Racial Discrimination In The Workplace: On Hair Politics

“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.

Degrees Are Not The Final Say

“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



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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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