The author was born in Green Park, Clarendon, Jamaica. For the last year of her eight years in Jamaica, she lived with her grandmother who greatly influenced her life. In January of 1975, she emigrated to Toronto, Canada, to join her parents.
Raised in Toronto, contrary to the racism she was experiencing in her daily life, she was indoctrinated into the Canadian ideology of equality within the Canadian society. Thus, as a single teenage mother of two, she clung to the belief that a solid education would guarantee her a door out of poverty: only to find that, in Canada, her education meant nothing in the face of institutionalized racism and at times became a barrier out of poverty.
Her anger and frustration at blatant racism, within a society that prides itself on equality, led her to start writing about her experiences of institutionalized racism within Canadian governmental organizations. She writes with the intention to mobilize people, particularly Black people, to start holding Canadian institutions accountable for their racist hiring practices: White people need to know that Black people are aware of their racist practices; and, Black people need to stop accepting such racist practices as “a part of life.”
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