Releasing My Critical Chatter: An autobiographical Narrative from the Black Diaspora is a first person narrative of the author s daily experiences as a woman of African heritage living in the Black Diaspora. Drawing on Black feminist thought and critical education theories, she theorizes through experiences of racism and sexism in her daily life as a child, a student, a mother, and a government employee. She presents her critical chatter, her autobiographical testimonial, through poetry and prose and through a series of moments' that illustrate how racism and sexism are embedded in her everyday life. She connects personal individual experiences to systemic and institutional practices of colonialism and patriarchy. She further explores the contradictions, questions and struggle that doing this work brings, and the implications for curriculum and pedagogy in schools and classrooms. The author s testimonial is an act toward social transformation of the spaces and places in which we work and live.
What others say: This chatter is a revelation. It unmasks experiences catalogued as belonging to ather time, ather place...It cracks white-coloured glasses and illuminates an unacceptably flawed, external lexicon. - Michelle Davidson, Instructional Designer
An insightful study of many things associated with discrimination, including polite racism and invisibility the moments and their analyses are a powerful tool which draw the reader in as a participant, resulting in intricate self-reflection. - Carolyn Gammon, Author, and Guide & Destination Manager
An affirmation of the adage that it is the wearer of the shoe that kws where it pinches', and an expose of many falsehoods pertaining to the systemic coloured perception of others, - Matunda Nyanchama, ICT Professional & Publisher.
About the Author
Mary Louise McCarthy is a woman of African Canadian heritage with a strong sense of justice and equity. She has a BA in Sociology from York University ( 91) and a Masters in Education from University of New Brunswick ( 07), with a specialization in Critical Studies. Mary is currently in her first year of her PhD at OISE, University of Toronto, in the area of Sociology and Equity studies. Mary s is as well on leave from her full time position as an Employment Counselor with the Province of New Brunswick. In this position Mary struggles daily to advocate for the employment of men and women striving to promote a healthier lens for hiring and also Mary continues to strive for literacy and equity for all people. Mary has been active in her personal community and is dedicated to repairing her ancestor s graveyards, specifically some who are still segregated. Mary s current (2011) research within her PhD is to look at the New Brunswick Education Policy from 1900- 2010, specifically she is looking at the lack of diversity within the provincial schools, both elementary through to post secondary.
Mary s other published work is found in Feminist Journeys, A History of Canadian feminism 1960-2010 edited by Marguerite Anderson, (2010).