“Actually, I haven’t thought of that before.”

“I can’t be the first person who has told you this before right?”

As a matter of fact they were.

I write about diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice at Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian. The acronym for the blog is N.A.H. I’ve always read it as an acronym and not an actual word, until yesterday.

I was talking to a colleague about why I write there, how I started, and what I use the space for. They had read some of my notes at that point, and shared that they found the content to be very insightful. What they said next made me stop and think for a moment.

“It’s kind of funny/interesting that a blog as thoughtful as yours is called “nahhhh.”

I laughed out loud. “Nah”, as in no, as in nope.

“Tell me I’m not the first person who has told you that before right?”

It’s a quick connection. It makes sense. I just hadn’t imagined that others might read it in that way before. Now though, I’m beginning to think that it might happen more than I thought. I’m still thinking through connections of what that interpretation could mean given the content I write about.

Maybe it could be nah as in “Nah, I’m too maladjusted to allow these systems of injustice to go unchecked?”



From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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Relando Thompkins-Jones

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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