On the 1st of each month, I’ll share links to some of the best posts from my blog, Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian.
Here is a selected note from July 2016.
The Keys To Success Should Not Be Rooted In Anti-Blackness: On Internalized Racism And Despising Black Hair As Access To Employment.
“I’m calling for a stop to all these “experts” out here who peddle the idea to Black kids that success means becoming less of who you are.
“Experts” who tell Black children that their hair is unacceptable. You need to stop. And priding yourself on how many “lives you’ve touched” is nothing to celebrate if it means cultivating your unaddressed internalized racism in the minds of another generation of Black kids. That’s not needed for the culture.
Daily, in ways subtle and explicit, Black kids are told they are unacceptable because of who they are, including because of how their hair grows from their heads. To reinforce that notion under the guise of any kind of tips for, or requirements to become successful is emotional violence.”
More notes from throughout the years can be found on The Best Of N.A.H.page.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW