Making a Difference

White women must be sensitive to the fact that just as they continue to face sexism and patriarchy everyday, non-white women face racism everyday.

Working with white women's organizations has taught me a lot. It has given me the opportunity to learn about feminism and see how gender and not only race and class affects my life and helps to define who I am. I see now that it is not enough to fight against racism and classism but that patriarchy is a very real oppression which like racism and classism has many different and far reaching forms.

To be an anti-racist educator is not an easy task. At the heart of the work is the belief in the equality of human dignity and the commitment to forward social change. These ideals, while high and noble, are difficult to put into practice. I constantly face denial that racism exists. Even when it is acknowledged, individuals often don't want to change the status quo to eliminate it.

Racism is everywhere. In art, language, music, television, sports, culture, entertainment... Every action sometimes to me seems motivated by racism. Often I get discouraged and wonder why I do what I do. Then I remember that my work allows me to learn and to grow. And as I get farther and farther along I can see that-although real, lasting change takes a long time-I am making a difference.

Beryl Tsang is a senior program consultant in Multicultural and Anti-racist Services of the Addiction Research Foundation. She has worked as an anti-racist educator for several years.



My daughter sleeps under the ice,
her eyes and fingernails
her bridal opening filled
with curious fish.
Her story is white-
a silence frozen in water,
aborted poems and styrofoam cups,
my milk hardening between her lips.
I am her radio
tuned to the mirror between us.
She is my unfinished song,
my footsteps loud on her grave,
the sound of breaking glass,
her foot in my mouth,
the smile shaped scar on my belly.
She is my winter fugue
and not a drowned child really,
but only my sister sleeping.

Linda Rogers
Victoria, B.G:

Discovering the strength
of our voices:
Women and literacy programs

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