Learning Journal Essay

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A couple of things stood out for me last class, those two things are the documentary Remember Africville (1991) presented by the National Film Board of Canada and the article The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house (1984) presented by Audre Lorde. As I sat in class I found myself to be bewildered for I had never heard of Africville in my short life – upon hearing it I had to think it must have happened over in Europe or perhaps Australia or was incorporated into a history that I felt I wouldn’t be knowledgeable about. When I found out it took place in Canada, I was shocked, I had never even heard of the place let alone did I have the knowledge that these kind of practices ...view middle of the document...

To me it is important to know these things as a future social worker because as discussed in class, we are going to come across people from all different backgrounds that have faced oppressions that we can only begin to think of. As I could see from my perspective, I had no knowledge regarding the challenges the black community had faced in the Halifax region and had my belief that Canada treated the black community in a much more respectful and dignified way when looking at our USA counterparts. It’s important to learn these things in class, I know by learning I have become more informed of the challenges, discrimination, and oppression that some groups have had in Canada and as to why they may or have been struggling. It’s important for me to step out of my culture to be able to walk in the shoes of another and see that it as important as it is to bring equality it is just as important to embrace the differences in a positive manner – cultures and communities should be able to hold on to everything that provides them with an identity.

With Audre Lorde’s article The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house (1984) she takes a look at the differences that can be captured even amongst feminists, a group who are looking to be equal to men in many ways. Through the process of becoming equal we lose sight of the differences that exist. She brings up a point that even among feminists there are differences, for a black lesbian feminist is going to be different from someone who is a white straight feminist. She states that white American feminist theory doesn’t deal with the differences in the oppressions that are faced. She brings up a point that while these white feminists are at these conferences there are those who are from third world countries who are at their homes, taking care of things and making sure that their children are alright – that during this conference those kinds of issues are never brought up. The only issues seem to be the oppression that females feel in a male based society but no mentioning of differences that are faced amongst different...

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