Even in this society that claims to be highly tolerant, to be black is to be a little bit inferior, and to be female is not as exactly as to be male. But to be both1
Through these women, Traci shows us in a powerful way what it means to be marginalized. She shows us how racism can impact on public policy and practice. But above all, her positive conclusion shows us that this marginalization can be conquered. In it she presents cases that portray how these women have managed to overcome societal prejudice and mistreatment to discover their dignity and a better life. The way out of this cage, is through "liberation practice."2
The "liberation practice" is essentially a liberative method of Christian ethics. It recognizes hard work as the key to success, and not faith in handouts. It affirms that all men are created equal, and there is no basis for discrimination either along gender or racial lines. It recognizes unity in strength, and the audacity of hope in the worst of circumstances.3
This "liberating practice" finds agreement with the central theme in the documentary "1967: Welfare, Poverty, Food Stamps, and Financial Aid" .Like the indigent black woman in West's book, its main actors are black women, who organize a co-operative movement. Some of them even depend on welfare. Like their counterparts in Traci West's book, they are exploited economically, sexually and socially. ...