Notes You May Have Missed Vol. 7

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.

Uptown Notes: Blogs You Should Read

“Written by Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, I see this blog as a great example of combining academics with activism. Although he also spends some of his time writing about social justice issues for, Uptown notes remains one of my favorites.”

Update Over Coffee: My November Blogging Challenge So Far

“I have also been inspired to do some of my very best writing as a result of taking this class as well, and a vast majority of my notes for November 2015 are going to be added into my Best of N.A.H. list next month. I’ve been able to connect more with others who share similar interests, and I’ve also been able to follow the blogs of many of my fellow classmates too.

As I enter my third week, I am extremely happy that I decided to be a part of this.”

Man I Need You To Name It: Why The Delivery of The My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Put A Bad Taste In My Mouth

“Naming how the problem manifests itself, without acknowledging the source is not empowering. Naming the manifestation of the problem without acknowledging its source, but instead naming the manifestation itself as being the problem is pathologizing.

The thing about racism is, it convinces folks to believe that oppression is a part of the natural order; that the ones being oppressed are inherently predisposed to their condition; that they deserve it; that it takes place because of who they are, and that’s just the way it is.”

How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?

“From Emmett Till to Oscar Grant, from Troy Davis to Trayvon Martin, and all the others before and in communicated to me that my nephews lives, my brothers’ lives, my life, and black and brown lives all over just don’t matter…that if we were to be murdered the burden would be on our families to prove why we should have lived.”

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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