Whenever I write something about my life as a woman of colour, I take a deep breath before hitting send. I know that once the article is published, I am open to all kinds of criticism and comments from THE ENTIRE WORLD. It’s a little daunting. But I do it because I think stories are important, sharing our lived experiences is important. And no, not everyone will (try to) see things from my point of view. (You can read the comments on this particular article to see what I mean). But often, some brave souls will speak up and shut down the nay-sayers – which is touching – and once in awhile, someone will even write to me privately to thank me for being a voice for them. That blows my mind.
I wrote this piece about raising daughters of colour because we do have different experiences than white girls. And while my thoughts do not reflect those of every single woman who identifies as non-white, I have friends and family in my circle who totally get where I am coming from. I also encourage you to read the articles on CBC Parents by Debbie King. She is a black woman raising black children, and I can identify with parts of her story as well.
I never, in all the writing and speaking I do about building bridges among faith groups and cultures, point fingers and claim that one is good and one is bad. That’s not my belief and it’s not my style.
I was really proud to have been given some space on CBC Parents to talk about something that is really important to me. They have some really great articles on their site for everything from Tech & Media to Learning to Family Health, so after you read my article called I Must Be A Role Model For My Daughter Of Colour, you should click around and see what draws your attention.