Notes You May Have Missed Vol. 9

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 Black Bruins [Spoken Word] – Sy Stokes”

“I was the only Black male in my undergraduate program, and among a handful of others who came out in my graduating class. In graduate school, I again found myself among only a small portion of students of color, and participated in social action with others to boldly but non-violently bring race to the forefront of the dialogue in an educational environment that felt unresponsive to our concerns.

Now, I dedicate my time to working to change the environment; working with others and using dialogue and action as a vehicle to get to a more equitable and socially just place.”

Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?

“A growing number of people are accessing the internet via a smart phone or a tablet instead of a laptop or pc. Mobile-friendly sites are responsive. The layout of a responsive site changes to fit the size of the screen on the device being used.”

“The Myth of The Gay Agenda”

“In a humorous talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there’s a “gay lifestyle,” much less a “gay agenda.” Filmed in Grand Rapids Michigan.”

On Power & Privilege Denial, and “Hurt Feelings” in Social Justice Work

Shutting up and listening to the voices and experiences of people whose marginalization is the foundation of our success can be an example of an attempt to consciously reject the flow of power, but what about when the rejection of power shows up as the denial of power?

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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