Ajinder talks about learning how to get her views across effectively
Chapter details: Ajinder explains how her gendered and racial markings meant she wasn't getting heard and the ways she found to get around this
Ajinder
Subject: Politics
Student status: Home, Graduate
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I think especially the constant references to me having a chip on my shoulder about, because I'm a non white woman it was just, people, if I make a critique, I realise that if I say it people don't hear what I'm saying and I started to test this theory. I go with friends to public lectures and I always ask my friend to ask the question, especially if it's about intersecting problems of race and racism and sexism. I ask a white male to ask the question and his question is always more valid than mine and you see it, you understand how it works but you have to … the point is you can't just … you have to just accept that that's the way it is and the ways around it and the fact that you can … there are people that you can get on board.

That's what I learned at Masters level that actually they're not, that isn't everybody, that isn't the way that every white person, every white man thinks, and actually there are a lot of them that think very differently. Once you get into that community you realise that there is a lot of hope so… and that you kind of, together you will work out ways to try and bring these ideas to the dominant sphere. If it means that sometimes the view is brought forward by the white man instead of the non white woman then that's,  and it's therefore people don't switch off when he's speaking, then that's what you've got to do. You do what you've got to do but you do realise that, it was for undergraduate taught me a lot in terms of how that works and if I had to be very careful about the way that I bring ideas forth because I've already got racial and gender markers that define how people are perceiving me.