Our work creates positive ripples both online and in the real world.
“The whole Humans of Minneapolis experience was an insanely positive one. I actually didn't expect it to affect me the way that it did. I got recognized a few times in the days following, and I got a lot of positive feedback from fellow artists who agreed that there is extreme racial disparity in the arts, especially film and theater. It was the feedback online, though, that was so life-giving to read because so many people felt that I'd spoken a truth that needed so desperately to be heard. Of course there were a few bigoted comments, but that's to be expected. They actually helped to further motivate me. Theater doesn't always have to have this racial rift, and doing the interview and seeing such a positive response energized me to want to do and say more to bridge it.”
Brittany & Latisha
Brittany (left): “We saw our story and we were so excited! That article really started a lot of conversations with people at our jobs, which felt amazing, because sometimes coworkers shy away from conversations about us, probably because they don't know what to say.”
Latisha (right): “I don’t look like the people I work with. We don’t come from the same places or have the same upbringing. So I have always stood out amongst the rest, but now I feel like they have more to go off of than just what I look like or the car I drive.
Your article allowed me to share a piece of home with work. I am now asked for parenting advice, and I am in on all the ‘What’re the best family things to do this weekend’ conversations at the watercooler. I’m seen as a good mother and family woman. I take pride in those titles, so it’s nice to know others are seeing our hard work, too. Thank you for making my people relevant in a world where so many people just look above us.”
“I had an outpouring of support from my community back home [in rural Saskatchewan, Canada] in the comments of the Humans of Minneapolis post. I think that your interview with me may have been a part of the decision to hold a Pride celebration in my home community. Many people read it from back home, including my cousin who is on Chief and Council. He brought the proposal forward at the end of May, and it was approved and ratified quickly. June 9th was chosen for the date. I know there are a lot of us Two-Spirits at home. It was a good day for me knowing that they got to be out and proud right there at home. My brother and his wife marched in support.”
“The response since the interview was incredible. Total strangers were so encouraging. I am touched at how people here in the Twin Cities want to get involved with their time and resources. What I most took out of our brief encounter is that you never know where a conversation may lead, so engage with the people around you, because even the smallest things can make a difference.”
“My interview brought a lot of awareness to my friends and to others in the city about how hard it can be to find accessible and affordable housing. I know the story was shared in multiple states. For me, the nicest thing was just seeing how much my friends supported me. It affirmed that this really is a struggle many disabled people face, yet my friends are there to support me and believe I will succeed. I’m also friends with some disabled activists who fight for just the kind of accommodations I struggled with, and they shared the story as well.”
“I went to Humans of Minneapolis on Facebook and there was my picture. Zillions of thoughts and emotions flooded me. I was in tears by the time I finished. I was so touched by these people I didn’t know and their heartfelt words to and about me on Facebook.
I’m a strong person, but I was at what some might call a difficult time. It felt like the sky opened and I was surrounded by angels. The self-doubt, threatening to envelop me, lifted completely, as if to say, ‘Iris, you’re just fine, it shall be well.’ A profound shift occurred in my being.
That strangers saw these good aspects in me felt as if I’d walked out of deep, muddy water onto a grassy shore. The thoughts and opinions expressed sank in deeper, knowing they were not people close to me that were just trying to make me feel good. I rested in that for a bit, amazed and overwhelmed in a very lovely way. I felt stronger, supported, and my path seemed better lit.
I have more confidence to tackle some of the issues I was encountering, feeling like now I have a troupe of fellow human beings there along with me.”
(As told by daughter Natalie): “I think my dad’s appearance on Humans of Minneapolis in small ways created good changes for him and for our family and friends. It showed our family that we were dad’s number-one priority in life. What he said in the post was actually something people brought up again and again. One of the speakers at his memorial service quoted the post and made the point that this was my dad, Dave, in his truest form. And he did what he said he would do: He spent the little time he had left with us, his family, and working as the ethics expert at his law firm, where he found his true niche and served for over twenty-five years.
Your post helped us all remember him for the things that most defined him. Above all, he was a loving father, grandfather, husband, and talented and hardworking lawyer. The other thing that your post did was help people rally support for him and our family. My dad almost never complained and wasn't much for being in the limelight, but it was good for him and our family, because we all felt so much love from those closest to us—and even people we didn't know. That was extremely empowering, humbling, and inspiring and one of the best gifts to give a family touched by cancer.”