The Price of Keeping Our Heads Down

“We complied with the status quo that keeps telling us that we’re “almost there,” but just not quite “them enough” until we shed every last remnant of our heritage, except, of course, the ones that can be exploited for a diversity initiative or sold for profit.”

Video by HoodinDidIt:

“This is a very small attempt by me to put things into perspective. My community members operate the same kinds of convenience, corner and grocery stores that acted as the backdrop to the scene of George Floyd’s murder. We have succeeded as entrepreneurs but have failed to understand the cost of that success, both for ourselves and more significantly to our fellow Black Americans.”

Ubuntu,

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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